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Your 21st Century Learner

Presentation to parents at Back to School Night

Margery Armstrong

on 31 August 2015

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Transcript of Your 21st Century Learner

What Does Learning Look like ...
from the brain's perspective?
When neurons are connected, a synapse forms in the the gap in between them. This is what allows us to process information and think.
Each brain wires pieces together differently
Students learn in many different ways
Some students learn faster

Some learn more slowly because they process information more deeply
This Informs Our Teaching
Human brains learn best when they are active.
Digital technology is changing the brain.
Dr. Larry Poren, PhD - Understanding the iGeneration reports -
Digital natives communicate differently - Nielsen 3705 text messages per month. ( They share everything)
Social connections are their highest priority
Spend hours creating context
Seek constant reinforcement
The National Association of Independent Schools addresses this question in their document, "A Guide To Becoming A School of the Future 2010."
What are the skills students will need in the 21st Century?
Students need to develop...
Analytical and Creative Thinking and Problem Solving
Complex Communication- Oral and Written
Leadership Teamwork
Digital and Quantitative Literacy
Global Perspective
Adaptability, Initiative and Risk-Taking
Integrity and Ethical Decision-Making
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development emphasizes that in this millennium

knowledge and technology will be the great equalizer.
This is essential for optimal learning
Sleep deprivation has a negative impact on attention spans (Attention+memory=Learning)
Dreaming: memory consolidation depends on REM.
Preadolescents need
9-10 hrs
. and
for adolescents
How Can You Support Your 21st Century Learner?
Your Child's Brain Needs FUEL and HYDRATION
Send your child to school with a healthy snack!
Water is essential for healthy brain activity. It is required to move neuron signals through the brain. Low concentrations of water diminish the rate and efficiency of these signals
Provide your child with a water bottle
... small
Brain cells consume oxygen and glucose for fuel. The more challenging the brain works, the more fuel the brain consumes.
Consider These Facts When Your Child Is Doing Homework
Movement turns on the brain.
Play and exercise are ways to develop resiliency.
Middle school students are learning more NEW information than any other student group! After a 20-40 minute brain work session your child needs a physical break .
HUMOR is beneficial for increased retention (Humor= more oxygen + endorphins that stimulate thinking and decrease stress.)
Study sessions for tests broken up over several days provides greater long term retention.
Bloom's Taxonomy guides us as we structure our teaching & develop the learning experiences we provide your children.
The revised digital version above shows the many technology tools we can use to help our students gain a greater understanding of the concepts and ideas investigated in our classes.
"Good learning environments are those with physical and mental security, respect for intellectual freedom, self-regulation, paced challenges, feedback, and active learning." (Billington 1997)

We look forward to partnering
with you this year to provide
such a learning environment
for your child in 6th grade!
The sixth grade teachers are mindful of these recommendations as they teach your children.
Our overarching goal is to have our students constantly examine the status of ideas, first their own and then those of others, so they can grow as 21st century learners.

-Shift from direct involvement to support role

-"Cheering Section"

Specific Ways You Can Support Your Child in 6th Grade:
Let your child be in charge
Focus on the big picture - Stakes are relatively low.
Model Empathy and Resiliency
Model love of learning and value process over product
Communicating with Teachers:
-Email is best!
-Let your child send email for HW questions.
-Advisor is 1st stop for more signifcant issues.
-Urgent messages: Mrs. Danner!
6th Grade Homework!
Developmentally Appropriate in volume and complexity.
Sometimes practice, sometimes feedback, sometimes flipped.
Typically (with some exceptions) counted as a completion grade.
Managing the Workload:
6th grade team keeps a calendar to coordinate "big" assignments
Guideline for HW: on average, about 60 minutes per class day - sometimes more, sometimes less.
Importance of study hall as productive work time
We have a list of suggestions posted on Haiku!
Here's what it looks like...
Role of Parents in 6th Grade!
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