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Just Think Literacy Prezi

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What if...
...schools became, first and foremost
Who created the Seminars System?
Two
teachers
who were drawn together by common theoretical inclinations cultivated by studies at

U
C
L
A

Example A
Example B
Example C
Example D
The Seminar
Curriculum
provokes and supports student-thinking
The Seminar
Professional Development
provokes and supports teacher-thinking
The Seminar
Leadership Support
provokes and supports principal-thinking


The curriculum
highlights and honors
student's
experiences and abilities...




...among STUDENTS
Our study of Ryan--a 6th grade seminar student who consistently scored post-high school on standardized measures of literacy--documented his dogged
disposition
to retell and
avoid
interpretion.

...among teachers
The
inherited literacy
of teachers disposes them to perceive literature as a vehicle for the to checking of skills, attention and memory; to prize retell; to revere the written word; and to view response to literature through the custom of learning and repeats authorized interpretations.
...
the social and economic momentum of the post-technological era
Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to
THINK
.




~ Albert Einstein


The professional growth sessions engage teachers in a
bold revision
of their own literacy...
The leadership work mentors
principals
and leaders in strategically
supporting teachers,
"David often doesn't care about his actions. David's actions are bad.
He is naughty."
"Mrs. Wishy Washy is demanding. because she likes to be in control. She likes to clean the animals."
"In every story the wolves are ravenous because they are really hungry. But sometimes I change my thinking because they are nice and friendly because the animals make (friends)."
"Laziness is an idea in this story. The animals were lazy, so they didn't deserve to go to the Fiesta."
Example E

"An important concept in Ellison the Elephant is insecurity. Because he can't make a trumpet sound that is why he is insecure. Ellison is empty inside. Weasel helped him make a sound. Ellison could make a sound. Ellison felt secure."
Example F
Barrio Logan
[Rodriguez]
La Jolla
[Bird Rock]
Mid-City
[Marshall]
"An important concept in Ellison the Elephant by Eric Drachman is perseverance because he tries and tries. In the beginning all Ellison could do is a little toot. And he couldn't do anything like the other elephants. He wished he could do a trumpet like the other elephants. In the middle when he picked up a little bush it yelled at him. When he told him about his toot the weasel said Let me hear it! It went toot. He asked him to do it again and again. Then in the end he ended up with a huge trumpet!"
Let's think.
and a dedication to...
...creating schools that match our dreams for our own children.
Example A
Example B
Example C
Example D
Example E
Example F
La Jolla
[LJES]
Barrio Logan [Rodriguez]
Midcity [Florence]
How do the Seminars impact student learning?
The Seminars in
Critical Literacy
...
Acknowledge

students like Ryan—a 6th grade

seminar

student...
...Consider the type of
literacy

inhereted by generations

of our teachers,
Because "in the United States...we have no mechanism for getting better"...

An education of the mind and the spirit
...for supporting productive thinking-dispositions among
teachers and students...
How does the Seminar system shift school culture?
But aren't they that already?
yet...
...who is always classified as "advanced" and consistently scores post-high school level on standardized assessments...
...and is either unable or unwilling to produce a
unique interpretation
of literature.
...while

supporting teachers

in their

essential responsibility:
helping students to productively focus and elevate their thinking.
...in studying the engineering of
student thinking
and understanding...
Looking across neighborhoods:
Looking across neighborhoods:
Not

"the kinds of teaching needed to achieve the
educational dreams
of the American people...
It is time to recognize
"the difference between...
Recognize
that...
The Seminars in Critical Literacy is a
system
...
through careful
study of pedagogy

and

thinking about text.
By intentionally provoking transformation
has rendered many traditional skill-sets and dispositions...
We
cannot

continue teaching the way we have for the past

100 years and still

serve our students
...
So why do we?
...to prize the
retelling
of established truths...
and to

limit

interactions with
literature to the custom of
learning and repeating
fixed story elements.
The complexity of the curriculum creates an
immediate demand
for professional development.
"...and the kind of teaching found in most American schools."
-
The Teaching Gap
, Stigler a& Heibert, pg. xviii
...who has a vocabulary that would disarm most educated adults...
-Stigler and Heibert, pg. xix
modern

global
reality
our
which

predestines

them to perceive

literature as a

vehicle for the checking
of skills, attention, and memory...
through thinking.

-Independent Study of Advanced Readers. Montali and Nieto, 2004.
OBSOLETE.
-Daniel Pink, 2005
-Sir Kenneth Robinson, 2011
-Seth Godin, 2012
-Seymour Sarason, 2004
-Alfie Kohn, 2000, 2001, 2002...
Presenting:
...and in
unlocking the natural brilliance
of children.
Kindergarten Student Writing:
San Diego Unified
First-Grade Student Writing:
San Diego Unified
Thinking
transcends
socioeconomic disparity.
Believe...
An appreciation of art
The courage and right to dissent
A habit of searching for meaning
Just think boldly.
Just think critically.
Just think creatively.
Just Think Literacy
An understanding appreciation of the power of community
Hope for the future
An inclination to think divergently
CST: Fourth Grade Writing
grounding school leadership in the principles of
continuous improvement,
...Where the
numbers
meet the
thinking.

embracing of cognitive struggle,
and intentional collaboration.
Behind the numbers...
-Naveen Jain, 2013
-S. Samuel Shermis, 1974
Linda Darling Hammond, 2012
...in co-constructing

a new vision

of thinking, teaching and learning...
Source: San Juan Unified Office of Assessment and Accountability
Source: Coronado Unified Office of Assessment and Accountability
Average Proficiency Rates
PRIOR
to
and
AFTER
Seminar Implementation
2006-2008
2009-2012
2006-2008
2009-2012
Coronado Schools
San Juan Schools
Indeed, we do...

Thinking in Action
What are your dreams for your children?
Average Proficiency Rates
Coronado Schools
Source: Coronado Unified Office of Assessment and Accountability
Source: San Juan Office of Assessment and Accountability
San Juan Schools
PRIOR

to
Seminar Implementation
and

AFTER
2006-2008
2006-2008
2009-2012
2009-2012
2008-2011
2012
2008-2011
2012
2008-2011
2012
PRIOR to Seminars
AFTER Seminars
PRIOR to Seminars
AFTER Seminars
...One Year of Implementation.
©Just Think Literacy LLC, 2013 All Rights Reserved. Sing to Piano music used with permission,
places for

THINKING
?

-Tony Wagner, 2010
The Teaching Gap:
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