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Classroom Clarity

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Kristen Slechta

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Transcript of Classroom Clarity

Clear Expectations for Success
Choice is Empowering

Classroom Clarity
Multiple Intelligence Theory
Behavior Management System
Golden Circle
Classroom DJ
Behavior Doctor
Brain Rules
5 Preparation P's
The "Golden Circle" or
Learning Cycle:

This was adopted from a TED Talk by Simon Sinek

Students perform better when they understand "why" they are learning. Students appreciate being inspired, and then asked to complete a task or create a product. The goal for every unit and every task should begin with "
The "how" involves the tools in a student's toolbox that allows he or she to reach a goal. The goal is LEARNING!
The "what" is the product after the student has gained inspiration, experience, and quality time.

Early Majority
These students are followers. Once the system is in place, the strategies are well-suited and utilized, these students follow forward.
Closing the Chasm in Education
Leadership by the "Golden Circle"
Early Adopters
The Chasm
Late Majority
This student is the first to succeed.

"Gets It!"
High Ability Learner
Now, the class is up and moving towards learning as a community. There is focus, drive, and trust.
These students are on the periphery. True engagement has occurred if this group participates.
This student "gets" it and moves forward - attaches prior knowledge to new information
This is the disconnect experienced in classrooms of unmotivated students.

There is a lack of motivation to be successful in this classroom.
They "wait" to learn and are the least inspired until there is fear of being left behind.
Simon Sinek of TED Talks & 99U
A true leader leads, not with position, but by decision.
Office Referral
The student is now referred to the office. A contract is created using the data collected in class, the team's suggestions, and parent guidance. An administrator becomes the case worker for this student.
13 Log-ins
Intentional and Perpetual Behaviors
Time for parent communication. In the presence of the teacher, the student reviews his or her log-in entries, declares a pattern, and communicates with parent/guardian. Student initiates communication and the teacher answers any questions or concerns.
Multiple Log-ins (5)
Time to Process
The students arrives to "process" his/her behavior on an online think sheet first. Then, a conversation takes place with the teacher.

What was happening in class today?
How can you "fix" it for class tomorrow?
How can I help YOU?
After School or Private Dining
Positive Behavior Intervention System + Behavior Intervention System Team
The teacher provides a quick, authentic, and personal redirect and continues to teach.

Energy goes into teaching and less to the distraction.
A student distracts the learning environment...
The administrator responds to the entire team with the consequence or contract for the student referred to the office. Further data is collected for problem-solving.
Office Response
The team approach is needed at this point. The behavior is occurring in multiple classrooms. The student is invited to join team meeting and discuss behavior choices and struggles. The parent/guardian is called. The team analyzes the data and discusses possible solutions with the student. A plan in put into place for success.
10 Log-ins
1. Ownership and accountability on the student

2. Instant documentation, feedback, and analysis

3. Less student interruptions when system is in place

4. Boundaries are set. Expectations are high.

5. More direct and explicit parent communication
The teacher makes close eye contact and directs the student to the "safe" seat. The student is trained to log in into BMS to make arrangements for a conversation after school.
The student continues to distract the classroom...
"12 Things We Know About How the Brain Works"
Shane Parrish
August 2013
Exercise boots brain power
"Wondering whether there is a relationship between exercise and
mental alertness
? The answer is yes.

Exercisers outperform couch potatoes in tests that measure long-term memory, reasoning, attention, problem-solving, even so-called fluid-intelligence tasks. Essentially, exercise improves a whole host of abilities prized in the classroom and at work." [Brain Rules]
Your brain is a
survival organ
"The human brain evolved, too.
If someone does not feel safe with a teacher or boss, he or she may not perform as well. …
There is no greater anti-brain environment than the classroom and cubicle.
" [Brain Rules]
Every brain is
wired differently

"What you do and learn in life physically changes what your brain looks like — it literally rewires it. … Regions of the brain develop at different rates in different people.
The brains of school children are just as unevenly developed as their bodies.
Our school system ignores the fact that every brain is wired differently. We wrongly assume every brain is the same." [Brain Rules]
don't pay attention to boring
Repeat to remember

"Improve your memory by elaborately encoding it during its initial moments. Many of us have trouble remembering names. If at a party you need help remembering Mary, it helps to repeat internally more information about her. 'Mary is wearing a blue dress and my favorite color is blue.' It may seem counterintuitive at first but study after study shows it improves your memory." [Brain Rules]
If you
sleep well
, you'll
think well
Stressed brains don't learn the same way

"Your brain is
built to deal with stress that lasts about 30 seconds
. The brain is not designed for long term stress when you feel like you have no control. The saber-toothed tiger ate you or you ran away but it was all over in less than a minute. If you have a bad boss, the saber-toothed tiger can be at your door for years, and you begin to deregulate. If you are in a bad marriage, the saber-toothed tiger can be in your bed for years, and the same thing occurs.
You can actually watch the brain shrink.
" [Brain Rules]
It's important to
stimulate more senses
Vision trumps
all other senses
Male and female brains are different

"Men and women
process certain emotions differently
. Emotions are useful. They make the brain pay attention. These differences are a product of complex interactions between nature and nurture." [Brain Rules]
We are powerful and
natural explorers

"The desire to explore never leaves us despite the classrooms and cubicles we are stuffed into.
Babies are the model of how we learn — not by passive reaction to the environment but by active testing through observation, hypothesis, experiment, and conclusion.
Babies methodically do experiments on objects, for example, to see what they will do." [Brain Rules]
Remember to repeat

"Learning occurs best when
new information is incorporated gradually into the memory store rather than when it is jammed in all at once.
… Memory is enhanced by creating associations between concepts. This experiment has been done hundreds of times, always achieving the same result: Words presented in a logically organized, hierarchical structure are much better remembered than words placed randomly — typically 40 percent better." [Brain Rules]
Dr. Laura Riffel:
Want to increase on-task behavior?
“Just Breathe” Meditation
Want to decrease anxiety by 36%?
Consequence Modification
“Thank you for your eye contact.”
“Energy flows where attention goes.”
Want confident compliance?

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