• Do WE Learn Alike?

    75% of teachers are analytic, sequential learners

     80% of students are not analytic, sequential learners

    If given a choice what type of test would you take?

    • Multiple choice
    • Art, Music, drama, dance
    • Speech
    • Essay
    • Project  

    Learning take most effectively in classrooms where knowledge is clearly and powerfully organized, students are active in the learning process, assessments are rich and varied and students fell a sense of safety and connection.

    Typical Student

      Advanced learners may be advanced in September, but not in May

    • They can become lazy
    • They can easily be hooked on grades
    • They can become perfectionists

    Shaking up What a Typical Classroom

    • multiple options for taking in information
    • many ways of making sense of ideas
    • many ways expressing learning
    • many avenues to acquiring content
    • different ways of processing or making sense of ideas
    • Engaging ways of developing products
    • Different "time tables" for learning
    • Proactive
    • quality not quantity
    • multiple approaches to content, process, and product
    • student-centered
    • A blend of whole-class, group, and individual instruction
    • powerful curriculum
    • engaging instruction
    • modify instruction so is prepared for the next phase
    • blends whole class, small group and individual instruction
    • adjustments made constantly for learners

      The Teacher

    • Director
    • Coach
    • Jazz Musician
    • Facilitator
    • Learner

      Best Practices

    • Learning that is meaningful to the student
    • Learning that is challenging
    • Learning that is developmentally appropriate
    • Learning that allows for choices
    • Learning that is interactive
    • Learning that provides feedback
    • Learning that goes from known to unknown
    • Learning that allows concentration on strategies
    • Learning that is teaching process throughout
    • Learning that provides an accepting emotional climate
    • Learning that leads to a successful classroom

      Instruction Flow

    • Whole class reviews key idea
    • Whole class extends learning
    • Whole class introduced to skills
    • Whole class listens to projects
    • Whole class explores concept
    • Varied materials based on readiness and learning style
    • Teachers and students share materials
    • Small groups applies key principles t solve problems related to study
    • Students self select areas through which they will extend their understanding

      Struggling Learners

    • Be positive at all times
    • Enhance strengths
    • Scaffold for success
    • Learn Key ideas and big concepts
    • Teach up
    • Don't limit
    • Teach success
    • Small steps
    • Provide guidance
    • Learn the way each child learns best and use it

    How Well do You Know Your Students?

    • Try to list five strengths and weaknesses for each child.
    • Try having each child fill our a learning style inventory
    • Which way does each child prefer to learn?


    Is it Possible for You to Accept Different Ways of Doing Assignments?

    • How often do you use flexible grouping?
    • Do you give children a choice of how to deliver and assignment?
    • Can you be flexible in grading?