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Starting With Strengths:
The Stories We Build
Educational Spring Fling
BCTF North Central Annual Conference
April 4, 2014
...
Who
IS this
guy?
"I come to you humbly not to tell you
what to do on your journey but to share
with you what I have learned on mine”
Wab Ki...
What Matters
What is YOUR story?
Stories about ourselves
Video: http://vimeo.com/66058153
We teach who we are. Parker
Palmer
Our stories shape
who we are
Stories
Strengths
Interests
Confidence
Engagement
“We don’t know who we can be…
until we know what we can do”
-- Sir
Ken Robinson
BC’s Education Plan
The Stories of
our Students
The Story of
Amy
CC Image from Don Kennedy https://flic.kr/p/bn4FAs
Is our students’ work both a reflection of
who THEY are and what WE want them to do?
CCimagefromBradFlickingerhttps://flic...
Exploring who they are…
creating their stories
CC Image by Wonderlane https://flic.kr/p/cDeCGs
Agassiz
Centre
for
Educatio
n
New
Stories
From Vancouver Sun
Blog: http://bit.ly/NrekwQ
STRENGTHS
d e f i c i t s
CC Image: http://flic.kr/p/bhvabR
Each child has a gift... We
need to see and nurture
these gifts so they emerge
and flour...
Our students’ strengths are not
carrots to be dangled to get them to
comply… they are valuable resources
to be tapped and ...
What we see…
Depends on what we look
CCImagebyRyanHaddadhttps://flic.kr/p/inZ5S
The power
of a student-
designed curriculum
Lifestyles PE
cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by Boston Public Library:
...
Changing the stories
http://youtu.be/mBZAFJ-Q6Mw
Winnersand Losers?
Rethink how we honour
cc licensed ( BY ND ) flickr photo by lee:
http://flickr.com/photos/leecullivan/3...
CONFIDENCE
“To shift a cycle from
decline to success,
leaders must restore
people’s confidence”
--Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Back up to where
they are…
and get em on a
winning streak
Tom Schimmer
CC Image by US Army Garrison Red Cloud https://flic...
CC Image by Paul Tomlin : http://flic.kr/p/bhvabR
Make it worth the effort.
Got grit?
CC Image from az https://flic.kr/p/87VgbN
Resiliency craves
confidence…
Created by Krissy Venosdale
Change the streak.
Change the story.
CC Image by Ladyvee9 https://flic.kr/p/8dwV21
ENGAGEMENT
changing the stories
“We cannot motivate others…
we can only work to
create the conditions for people
to motivate themselves.”
--
Image: http:/...
Students do not want learning
made easy, they want it to
mean something.
They want to feel something,
to be moved by what ...
Student Voice
• More interactivity
• More choice and flexibility
• More relevance
• Care
• Passion
Via ThoughtStream
classes with
students in
them… or
teaching
students that
are in our
classes?
CC Image by Cybrarian77 https://flic.kr/p/azj...
Exploring Interests Through
CHOICES
Innovation Day
Photo from
Josh Stumpenhorst
Inquiry
"When there is space for kids to
create, connect, explore - magic
happens”
Neil Stephenson
CC Image by Linus Bohma...
“Wonder Wall” via Kathy Rice
Project-Based Learning
CC Image by Judy Baxter https://flic.kr/p/dGFj5
Passion Projects
@_MrsBarb
Be More Random
Video from Naryn Searcy http://bit.ly/1hUGOJG
CHANGE
Reflect.
Tap into your
strengths.
Tap into our
students’ strengths.
Start change with
one thing…
Now.
cc licensed ( BY NC ...
Try something new. Take a risk. Do it.
http://youtu.be/ZV_DKgb264E
cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by Andrea Hernandez: http://flickr.com/photos/21847073@N05/5723911023/
The Strength
of Dom
Create the conditions.
Be designers of learning.
Neil Stephenson
CC Image by Frank Wuestefeld https://flic.kr/p/7yvVKy
Thank you!
Connect With Me
www.chriswejr.com
About.me/ChrisWejr
@chriswejr
chriswejr@gmail.com
Facebook.com/chriswejr
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Keynote presentation given at the Spring Fling British Columbia Teachers Federation North-Central Zone Conference in Prince George, BC. Stories shape who we are. How a focus on strengths and confidence along with conditions for engagement can change the stories of our students. (note the title slide photo is from Ben Ishaque https://flic.kr/p/7tDusL)

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Starting With Strengths: The Stories We Build #edfling

  1. Starting With Strengths: The Stories We Build Educational Spring Fling BCTF North Central Annual Conference April 4, 2014 Chris Wejr www.chriswejr.com @chriswejr
  2. Who IS this guy?
  3. "I come to you humbly not to tell you what to do on your journey but to share with you what I have learned on mine” Wab Kinew cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by Thompson Rivers University: http://flickr.com/photos/thompsonrivers/8518479289/
  4. What Matters
  5. What is YOUR story?
  6. Stories about ourselves Video: http://vimeo.com/66058153
  7. We teach who we are. Parker Palmer
  8. Our stories shape who we are
  9. Stories Strengths Interests Confidence Engagement
  10. “We don’t know who we can be… until we know what we can do” -- Sir Ken Robinson
  11. BC’s Education Plan
  12. The Stories of our Students
  13. The Story of Amy CC Image from Don Kennedy https://flic.kr/p/bn4FAs
  14. Is our students’ work both a reflection of who THEY are and what WE want them to do? CCimagefromBradFlickingerhttps://flic.kr/p/b9wDhg
  15. Exploring who they are… creating their stories CC Image by Wonderlane https://flic.kr/p/cDeCGs
  16. Agassiz Centre for Educatio n New Stories From Vancouver Sun
  17. Blog: http://bit.ly/NrekwQ
  18. STRENGTHS d e f i c i t s
  19. CC Image: http://flic.kr/p/bhvabR Each child has a gift... We need to see and nurture these gifts so they emerge and flourish throughout an individual’s life -- Lorna Williams
  20. Our students’ strengths are not carrots to be dangled to get them to comply… they are valuable resources to be tapped and embedded in their learning. CC Image from ChrisCook04 https://flic.kr/p/87cZ6L
  21. What we see… Depends on what we look CCImagebyRyanHaddadhttps://flic.kr/p/inZ5S
  22. The power of a student- designed curriculum Lifestyles PE cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by Boston Public Library: http://flickr.com/photos/boston_public_library/6198183420/
  23. Changing the stories http://youtu.be/mBZAFJ-Q6Mw
  24. Winnersand Losers? Rethink how we honour cc licensed ( BY ND ) flickr photo by lee: http://flickr.com/photos/leecullivan/3948336553/
  25. CONFIDENCE
  26. “To shift a cycle from decline to success, leaders must restore people’s confidence” --Rosabeth Moss Kanter
  27. Back up to where they are… and get em on a winning streak Tom Schimmer CC Image by US Army Garrison Red Cloud https://flic.kr/p/jfcWi4
  28. CC Image by Paul Tomlin : http://flic.kr/p/bhvabR Make it worth the effort.
  29. Got grit? CC Image from az https://flic.kr/p/87VgbN Resiliency craves confidence…
  30. Created by Krissy Venosdale
  31. Change the streak. Change the story. CC Image by Ladyvee9 https://flic.kr/p/8dwV21
  32. ENGAGEMENT changing the stories
  33. “We cannot motivate others… we can only work to create the conditions for people to motivate themselves.” -- Image: http://flic.kr/p/8zWLAj
  34. Students do not want learning made easy, they want it to mean something. They want to feel something, to be moved by what they learn. They want to connect deeply with things that matter and they want the chance to make a difference. Canadian Education Association
  35. Student Voice • More interactivity • More choice and flexibility • More relevance • Care • Passion Via ThoughtStream
  36. classes with students in them… or teaching students that are in our classes? CC Image by Cybrarian77 https://flic.kr/p/azj5bZ
  37. Exploring Interests Through CHOICES
  38. Innovation Day Photo from Josh Stumpenhorst
  39. Inquiry "When there is space for kids to create, connect, explore - magic happens” Neil Stephenson CC Image by Linus Bohman https://flic.kr/p/grtNE
  40. “Wonder Wall” via Kathy Rice
  41. Project-Based Learning CC Image by Judy Baxter https://flic.kr/p/dGFj5
  42. Passion Projects @_MrsBarb
  43. Be More Random Video from Naryn Searcy http://bit.ly/1hUGOJG
  44. CHANGE
  45. Reflect. Tap into your strengths. Tap into our students’ strengths. Start change with one thing… Now. cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by Rita M.: http://flickr.com/photos/fotorita/2031523502/
  46. Try something new. Take a risk. Do it. http://youtu.be/ZV_DKgb264E
  47. cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by Andrea Hernandez: http://flickr.com/photos/21847073@N05/5723911023/
  48. The Strength of Dom
  49. Create the conditions. Be designers of learning. Neil Stephenson CC Image by Frank Wuestefeld https://flic.kr/p/7yvVKy
  50. Thank you!
  51. Connect With Me www.chriswejr.com About.me/ChrisWejr @chriswejr chriswejr@gmail.com Facebook.com/chriswejr

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