Presentation on theme: "School Culture in the Middle School"— Presentation transcript:
1 School Culture in the Middle School Presented bySergio ChavezRobert SortinoMaureen Vass, Ph.D.
2 “Positive learning can only take place in a positive culture “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
3 How do teachers determine the impact of their teaching on the learning of students?
4 Activity: Practice Sort Hattie researched the 10 most often used practices/innovations used for instructional purposes.Privately rank their effectiveness, with 1 being the most effective and 10 being the least effective.At the signal, please compare your rankings with your group.
5 Here is a list of some of the innovations/practices 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
6 Effect SizesBest way to the question, “What has the greatest influence on student learning?”An effect-size of 1.0 typically means…Advancing learners’ achievement by one yearImproving the rate of learning by 50%!A two grade leap in grades (like from a C to an A)
7 Hinge point = 0.40If 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!
8 Activity Sort Part 2So five of these practices have a positive impact on student learning.Highlight your top 5Do you want to change any of them???
10 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?
11 “Engage Students Hearts and Their Minds Will Follow” - “Chip” AndersonHow does the teacher prepare themselves personally and professionally to accomplish this?
12 Personal Preparedness Mind.Meditation.Visualization.Body.Exercise.Diet.Sleep.Soul.Attitude.Perspective.Spirit.Positive self-talk about self/kids.Debrief/problem solve with someone about helping students.
13 Professional Preparedness Rules & Procedures (3-5).Clear, continual & consistent.Positive reinforcement.Praise.Transitions (Managed well).Entering/exiting class.Fun activities.Lesson to lesson / station to station.Engaging Lessons (Use technology).Differentiated lesson plans.Pacing.Teaching is a dirty job.Organized Classroom (Open door policy).Anticipate the needs of the students.Easy access to materials/supplies.Teach from bell to bell.Ambience.Keep classroom clean and organized.Regulate temperature, smells, sights, space and sounds.Environment of personal warmth.