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School Culture in the Middle School Presented by Sergio Chavez Robert Sortino Maureen Vass, Ph.D.
“Positive learning can only take place in a positive culture. A healthy school culture will affect more student and teacher success than any other reform or school improvement effort currently being employed.” -Gary Phillips
How do teachers determine the impact of their teaching on the learning of students?
Activity: Practice Sort Hattie researched the 10 most often used practices/innovations used for instructional purposes. 1.Privately rank their effectiveness, with 1 being the most effective and 10 being the least effective. 2.At the signal, please compare your rankings with your group.
Here is a list of some of the innovations/practices. First, rank their effectiveness on your own, with 1 being the most effective and 10 being the least effective. At the signal, compare your rankings with your group. ___ RTI___ Class Size ___ Classroom Discussion___ Summer School ___ Homework___ Web-based learning ___ Ability Grouping___ Concept Mapping ___ Feedback___ Teacher-Student Relationships
Effect Sizes o Best way to the question, “What has the greatest influence on student learning?” o An effect-size of 1.0 typically means… Advancing learners’ achievement by one year Improving the rate of learning by 50%! A two grade leap in grades (like from a C to an A)
Hinge point = 0.40 If the effect size is above 0.4, the influence has a positive effect on student learning. Half of the influences on achievement are above this hinge-point and half are not!
Activity Sort Part 2 So five of these practices have a positive impact on student learning. Highlight your top 5 Do you want to change any of them???
Reflections What surprised you? Which of the top 5 practices are you currently using? How? What if you used influences that were all at or above an effect size of 0.40?
“Engage Students Hearts and Their Minds Will Follow” - “Chip” Anderson 1)How does the teacher prepare themselves personally and professionally to accomplish this?
Personal Preparedness Mind. o Meditation. o Visualization. Body. o Exercise. o Diet. o Sleep. Soul. o Attitude. o Perspective. Spirit. o Positive self-talk about self/kids. o Debrief/problem solve with someone about helping students.
Professional Preparedness Rules & Procedures (3-5). o Clear, continual & consistent. o Positive reinforcement. o Praise. Transitions (Managed well). o Entering/exiting class. o Fun activities. o Lesson to lesson / station to station. Engaging Lessons (Use technology). o Differentiated lesson plans. o Pacing. o Teaching is a dirty job. Organized Classroom (Open door policy). o Anticipate the needs of the students. o Easy access to materials/supplies. o Teach from bell to bell. Ambience. o Keep classroom clean and organized. o Regulate temperature, smells, sights, space and sounds. o Environment of personal warmth.