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The Way School Should Be
Transcript of The Way School Should Be
The way school should be..
Students are guide by mentors s
who help to develop their
individual education plans and
monitor their progress.
Mentors develop strong
with students and their families.
Students learn to monitor their own
progress and become responsible
for managing their education.
Reading, writing, and math labs are part of the daily curriculum where students work in small groups with teachers to improve their skills.
Labs also provide support for students in completing their assignments.
Metacognition: Thinking about thinking. Students learn strategies to improve their memory, comprehension, and problem-solving strategies.
Because education is too important
It seems as if everyone who has ever been in school has an idea about how schools should be. Yet when educators hear these suggestions many respond with a litany of excuses, the most
seem to focus on
Teachers know how to motivate this student.
Barriers to School Improvement
Bureaucracy: those in charge are removed from the classroom. Resulting changes being made
without full knowledge of the conditions that the schools face.
Threat rigidity results from focusing on finding
has caused educators to be resistant to change.
Public education is caught in the middle of political rivalries with both sides pushing for what they think is right
regardless of what research suggests to be best for children.
Lack of input from stakeholders. Parents and students
not included in problem-solving or decision-making.
Solving educational problems with piecemeal programs. If education was only a matter of writing a check to buy a program then
it would have already been cashed.
Computers are not a replacement for good instruction, they are not babysitters to "engage students," and they are not fancy pens and pencils. The potential of web 2.0 and 3.0 advancements are largely untapped in most classroom instruction.
"The problems that exist in the world
today cannot be solved by the level
of thinking that created them."
Schools are not in need of reform, they need to
to meet the changing requirements of society and needs of students. NCLB reform efforts most often result in increasing the intensity of ineffective instruction.
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again an expecting different results."
What if school was invented today?
Open source education
The business model of old is no longer viable. Open source products are becoming superior to those offered for profit (does anyone remember Encarta?). Major corporations are recognizing the power of sharing. Education needs to follow suit.
Schools led through distributive leadership (DL) produce students that perform higher on standardized tests (Heck & Hallinger, 2009). Distributive leadership increases the commitment of stakeholders to insure the success of the school. Leadership in a DL model challenges individuals to improve in order to lead. The efforts of the school to improve are increased because everyone is working to make things better.
Professional Learning Communities
Define a Need
Action research is a data-driven approach to improving education based on research. Professional learning communities provides a framework for collaboratively conducting action research.
Seek out new ideas...
Become a Learning organization that constantly seeks to improve.
Rigorous academic, behavioral, and ethical expectations.
Student Learning Needs
Caprara, G. V., Fida, R., Vecchione, M., Del Bove, G., Vecchio, G. M., Barbaranelli, C., & Bandura, A. (2008).
Longitudinal analysis of the role of perceived self-efficacy for self-regulated learning in academic continuance and achievement. Journal of Educational Psychology, 100(3), 525.
The ability of students to regulate their own learning is essential for promoting learning in the 21st Century. Self-Regulatory learning skills allow students to conduct their own research. Self-efficacy is the confidence level that students have about their ability to complete a task successfully. Students with higher self-efficacy perform tasks better.
(King & Bouchard, 2011, Lee, 2013)
(Olson and Sexton, 2009)
(Slade & Griffith, 2013)
(Finnigan, Daily, & Steart, 2012)
(Harris, 2012; Jarrett, Wasonga, & Murpy, 2010)
Kamal,S (2008). Shrug. [Photograph]. Retrieved from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/suthakamal/2799746255/
Teachers utilize technology
to enhance learning.
Brain Based Research
Capitalize on the most
current research on how
the brain functions.
Providing students direct instruction and ample opportunities to develop self-regulatory skills empowers students to control their world.
skills provide students with the ability to reflect, evaluate, and improve their learning.
Social emotional education
increases students emotional IQ allowing them to better regulate their emotions and to be aware of the emotions of others.
Career and college planning
increases students ability to determine their future.
increases students abiltiy to manage their personal finances.
provides students with the ability to control the demands put upon them increasing the focus of their efforts and decreasing procrastination.
Elements of the School
High levels of support
Student leadership study groups
Inclusive decision making
Students receive personal instruction based on their individualized academic performance.
Lower Columbia College (2010). Tutoring services. [Digital Image]. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/lowercolumbiacollege/5033525603/
High levels of Support
When thinking about the way school should be,
What should schools look like?
Or even ...
How about what should teachers do to support learning?
The answer is ...
The answer is ...
Start with why...
To"ensure that we as a society meet our social compact to prepare children for
rather than our past" (Slade & Griffith, 2013. p.23)
Cote, S., & Miners, C. T. (2006). Emotional intelligence, cognitive
intelligence, and job performance. Administrative Science Quarterly, 51(1), 1-28.
Partnership for 21st century Skills. (2011). Framework for 21st century
learner. Retrieved from http://www.p21.org/storage/documents/1.__p21_framework_2-pager.pdf
Slade, S., & Griffith, D. (2013). A whole child approach to student success.
KEDI Journal of Educational Policy, 10
21st Century Skills: The skills that students need to insure that they will be successful in their future.
Emotional intelligence is equally as important as cognitive intelligence in work place performance (Cote & Miners, 2006). It plays a key role in our ability to interact with others and can be developed. But should it be taught in the classroom?
Lead with your heart.
Morals and Ethics
Should students receive education in morals and ethics? What does that look like? How is it evaluated? What values should our school stress?
Who are the children that will attend this ideal school?
The idea is that we are building a school for students. Starting with an understanding of the "whole child" who enters the school enables us to create a school that can get our students to the places they want to go.
What should a student 's ideal day look like?
Thinking about our students' needs, expectations, and dreams. How can we arrange a day to meet all of their needs so that they can learn best?
Remember this is the ideal day not the day as it happens in other schools or the day that you grew up with.
What do students need to know and be able to do in order to insure their success in the future?
How do children learn best?
What relationships should teachers, students, parents, administrators, and the community have?
How does the school meet all of the educational needs of its students?
How will the school raise money?
How will we know when they get there?
We need to ask questions that
focus on our goal...
To ensure that
student is successful.
Who can help?
What is our purpose?
Look beyond "to provide an education where students will meet or exceed standards."
YES standards are important...
But standards are
Just like everyone else....
If what we are trying to do is already being done
then why bother?
Think about the following statements...
students to live two
to the right
Students can learn well
and do good.
Imagine 300 people working to solve the same problem.
Did you ever wonder what "helping hands" really meant?
While learning to care for others
And learning some stuff along the way.
can seem a little more important to students when learning to
If school was invented today
what would it look like?
Is it more important to know
to find the
answer than it is to know a few answers?
When we carry all of the answers around with us?
The same way adults do
Because I know
they can. . .
If we as members of society, as parents, and as educators put aside our personal agendas and focus on our future.
How we prepare our children determines
the skill and knowledge levels of our workforce,
the morals of our leaders, and
the stength of our country.
We must join together and work to create an educational system that prepares our children for their future.
Imagine if we don't.
How about it?
Do you want to shape the future?