PPT - Bringing the University Experience to Middle and High Schools
Strategies to Create aCollege-Going, GloballyFocused School Culture:Pathways to Global Competence By Sarah Straub & Brian McCormick
•Agenda or Summary LayoutPromoting Student Choice: Bring the University Experience to Campus Making the Dream a Reality3:40pm “f you could teach your students how to do anything what would it be?” Participants will discuss their ideas and place “dream” classes on a Parking Lot What would you do?3:45pm Introduction to seminar and participants will be able to select their top 3 choices from a sample course list. Discussion & Presentation3:55pm What does Ogden U and YES U look like at respective schools. (Logistics, teacher opinion, student opinion) Practice Makes Perfect4:10pm Participants will work to create a similar ISSN U experience or a new idea in groups. Group Presentation Whip Around4:30pm Participants will share out their ideas and provide/accept feedback from peers. Close Out & Final Questions, Comments, Concerns4:50pm .
•Course Selection Guide Participants will view the Course List (shortened) to select their class.
•Houston… we have a problem. And weneed YOU! - Knight/Green • A new planet has recently been discovered. Your task, should you choose to accept it, is to build a robot that can perform three tasks: • explore this newly discovered planet and collect specimens that signal life is possible on that planet; • Locate and store water samples to determine if the water is safe to drink on that planet; and • take and record at least 5 temperature readings to determine if it will be too hot or too cold to live on that planet • NASA also wants to continue using these robots here on Earth when they are finished exploring the new planet. As you design your robot, you’ll also plan for how this robot can be used in everyday life here on Earth. Part of the competition will also judge everyday tasks like cleaning house, grocery shopping, and cooking. • Supplies will be provided… but they might not be the supplies you expected 7th
•Self-Defense 201- McRaeIt’s time to step it up…again. There has been anintroductory course forgirls and one for boys –now is the time to testyour strength and yourstrength of mind. Please,consider signing up forthis physically andmentally demandingcourse. 8th
PAINTING- StellatoWelcome summer vacationby embracing your innerartist! Come create abeautiful painting that youcan take home and enjoyforever. You will be led stepby step through thissummery painting, whileenjoying some iced tea andmusic. Hope to see youthere!
•Let’s break a Piñata!- Campos • Interested in making a piñata? Then join the Piñata Class! In this class you will: - Make a homemade piñata for yourself - Learn a little bit about the history of piñatas - & eat some chips and salsa while waiting for our piñatas to dry!
•The Next Great Cake Decorator-Hosack/Byeseda • Baking can be a blast........ BUT the decorations are what make the cake! Learn how to make homemade icing, decorate cakes using different decorating techniques, and have a Cake Off to see who the Next Great Cake Decorator will be!
•Course Selection Guide On a Post-It Note, please indicate your TOP 3 choices. Course OptionsChoose courses based on yourpersonal interest. Houston, We Have a Problem… Self-Defense 201Rather than trying to get the sameclass as your friends, divide and The Next Great Cake Decoratorconquer to share what you’velearned later! Summer Vacation Painting Let’s Break a Piñata
What is YES U/Ogden U?Purpose, Logistics, Teacher Opinion, Student Opinion
Ogden U.’s Perfect StormThe Fates Align and a New Seminar Programis Born
•Esans Plants the Seed• Faculty members see robust seminar program in place during 2008 visits• Why can’t we do that?
•The Problem: District-Directed Half Days• 20 minute class periods very unproductive• Alternating class periods on half days throws off class pacing• Middle school student attention spans particularly challenged on half days• Ogden moved all half days to Fridays: pros and cons
•Proposed Solution: Three-Hour Seminars• Small group offerings (10-12 students)• All hands on deck (administrators, teachers, ESPs, clerks all offer seminars)• Goal: create learning experiences that are appropriate, engaging and FUN!
•Selling the Staff• All offerings staff directed, based on each member’s interests• Opportunity to work with students in a small group setting• Opportunity to work with students we don’t usually see• Preferable to the “traditional” use of half days• Competition to offer the “best” seminar
•Selling the Students• Choices!!!• Course catalogues create buzz• Collegiate feel• Lottery day• Great lesson in prioritizing• Opens students up to new areas of exploration
•From the Course Catalogue: A Sampling of Titles • Urban Gardening • Field Exploration: Flora of the Prairie • WEEEEE! Designing and Building an Amusement Park Thrill Ride • French Chef’s Guide to a Perfect Hors d’oeuvre Party • Dancing with the (Ogden) Stars: Latin Edition • The Ultimate Ultimate Tournament • Climb Every (Indoor) Mountain • Inside a Major Metro Newsroom • Making Pizza the Neapolitan Way • Inside Iraq • On the Front Lines in Afghanistan: A Soldier’s Story • Tennis Anyone?
•Measures of Success• Ogden U’s offered 2-3 times yearly since 2008• Frequently cited by students and parents in surveys as “one of my favorite things” about Ogden• Ogden U cancellation in May of 2012 spurs griping by students and staff
•Purpose of YES U • Culture Building • Students are paired by interest • Heterogeneous by gender and by grade-level • Teacher/Student relationships based on shared interests • Identity Building • Differentiates your campus from surrounding schools • Students have opportunities to articulate language of ISSN schools during mini-lesson times • Provides opportunities that would otherwise not exist • Potential for students to learn new things about themselves
•YES U Has 2 Focuses Can any participants think of an ISSN Mini-Lesson & YES U Course additional opportunity?ISSN MINI LESSON FESTIVAL• What is ISSN? • Invite community members to• What are PBLs? come out for festival• What is SAGE? • AFS and Girl Scouts of America• Why is Language Learning So developed festival with food Important? and culture sharing (study abroad students)• Why is Reflection So Important? • Scholarship discussion before and after festival
•Logistics It takes planning, but it gets easier every time!• Teachers identify and • Organizer creates • Organizer develops email in course spreadsheet for front ISSN Course and descriptions (2 weeks office/teacher use teacher plan (1 week out) out) • Courses are posted 3• Students select days in advance to courses during one allow students to see class period (1 week classes and plan for out) necessary materials
•Examples of Documents for YES U Staff Notes Post – Weekend Before
•Examples of Documents for YES U Reflection Sheet for Students – Page 1 of 2
•Examples of Documents for YES U Room Assignment Chart – Weekend Before
•Examples of Documents for YES U Permission Slip– Weekend Before
•Examples of Documents for YES U Course Selection Sheet – Week Before
•Group Planning Time• Logistics Crew (planning for 500 students, 28 teachers)• Community Partners Crew (develop a list of potential partners to co-teach courses)• Student Choice Crew (developing a survey and a method for placing students in classes that is fair and allows education access and success for all)• Reflection Crew (brainstorm list of challenges this will present to teachers on a campus, beneficial reflection process for students and teachers post International University Day)
•Share Out • 2 Minute Presentation • Main Focus for ISSN Class • Identify Challenges to Logistics • 2 Minute Clarifying Questions • Audience questions • Reflection
“YES U is great because I get to talk to other people who go to this school that I never have talked to before. I now know some 6th graders even though I’m in 8th grade.” “Right before holidays always have students checking out… this is a great way to check them back in.” “I feel like I’m in college. We are always told that we get to choose our own paths, but we always have the same classes as everyone else. It’s fun to have a day when we really do get to choose our own classes.” “I like how YES U days have us reflect. We really saw Ms. Straub take what we told her from our first YES U in December to make this YES U even better!”•Teacher and Student Quotations:“I love YES U because it lets the students see a different sideto me. I’m not the most popular teacher, but I think havingthe students see my talents helps me identify with themmore.”
Questions, Comments,Concerns?Sarah StraubSarah.Straub@yesprep.orgBrian McCormickBJMccormick@cps.eduThank you for your time!