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1Presented by MHS Administration July 24, 2012 12 Powerful WordsPresented by MHS AdministrationJuly 24, 2012
2You became a teacher because you wanted someone to need you. Guess what? You got your wish! ~Larry Bell
3At-Promise KidsMany students in the bottom-quartile come from homes that cause them to be labeled “at-risk”.How we label someone determines how we approach them.All students have promise.It is OUR job as educators to bring out that promise.“On your worst day on the job, you are still somebody’s hero.” ~Larry Bell
4Techniques to Transcend Cultural Barriers Tell kids you care. Explain that you have high expectations because you believe in them.If a child gets in trouble, ask to see him or her later. Give calm down time. Later, have a “start over visit”.Consider your tone. Is it the same with every child?Connect with EVERY child.Surprise and engage students.Assess understanding daily.Authentic praise.Consider that all students learn and communicate differently.“Every teacher can reach and teach every child.” ~Larry Bell
5Prepare Kids for Standardized Tests Prepare kids for long testsPractice timed testsGive higher order thinking questionsKnow your student’s test dataTeach the language of the test (12 Power Words)Give some homework/quiz questions in test formatExplain to kids what test day will be likeDiscuss test anxietyTell students you believe in each one of themAt beginning of the year, tell kids that “No student will fail!”Be a 100%er
612 Powerful WordsDirectly teach these words (Don’t assume they are understood.)Put them in words that students can understandUse them on tests & quizzesTalk to students about what the question is askingWord of the dayShare with parentsPost in the classroomShow the 12 Power Words regularly“If we keep on doing what we’ve always done we’re going to keep on getting what we’ve always gotten.” ~Dr. John Maxwell
7What do we mean by powerful words? Words that stump students when they take standardized tests.Words that intimidate or confuse students causing them to answer a question incorrectly when they know the answer.
8AllWrite RoundRobinEach person will need a piece of paper and something to write withYou will get 5 seconds of think timeWhen you hear the start you will have 3 minutes each person will say what they think is a possible answer and write it down on their own paper. No duplications
9Question Remember 5 second think time Write down what you think is a powerful word that stumps students on standardized tests.
10Team Wrap upGet a poster paper and write down the words that members of your team think are powerful words and write a student friendly definition next to each word. (5 minutes)Post your paper on the wallShare out
1112 Powerful Words Trace 7. Support Analyze 8. Explain Infer SummarizeEvaluate CompareFormulate ContrastDescribe Predict
13How can you do this?Introduce the 12 Power Words and use them with students on a daily basisAsk students to use the words in their written responses to homeworkHave students make up their own questions utilizing the words
14Impact on studentsHelp them to better understand what each question meansTo become familiar with words that require higher order thinking skillsTo relieve test anxietyTo achieve better on tests