SMART Goals Let’s start this 1 st day of school with a goal to improve past educational performance (i.e., study habits, procrastination, etc.)
What will it take to improve? S Specific: What specifically will I achieve? M Measureable: How will I measure this? A Actionable & Achievable: How will I do this? R Relevant/Realistic: Why is this important? T Timed: By what date will I achieve this?
Turning Lemons into Lemonade S Specific: Use more self- and peer-assessments M Measureable: Your feedback, buy-in, & scores A Actionable & Achievable: Design rubrics R Relevant/Realistic: You’re taking ownership T Timed: We’ll try it this Wednesday Lemons=Larger Classes Lemonade=Improved Learning
Your turn—Identify your goal (include it in your Learning Style Survey) S Specific: What specifically will I achieve? M Measureable: How will I measure this? A Actionable & Achievable: How will I do this? R Relevant/Realistic: Why is this important? T Timed: By what date will I achieve this?
#1: Heavier paper load? More self- and peer-assessment strategies; thus training self-directed learners. 1-seminar; 2-Lit Circle; 3-Theme Snippet 4-Essay scoring; 5-Novel Character narrative Use partial essay assignments: - term paper - book analysis Use partner tests (synthesis)
Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man. ~Bacon Use group or partner essays
Group Essays BUSINESS CLASS: End of semester final Part 1—group essay (Getting a job requires a balance of (1) soft skills, (2) performance skills, and (3) marketing them for future employers; Part 2—oral rap or song: recap of classroom climate goals. ENGLISH CLASS: Sample Romantic Poetry analysis group essay
#2: Academy classes: Behavior Challenge Three strikes and you’re IN! Seating chart changes: total overhaul or individual moves Send to another teacher for the period Get to know each kid individually Student list of “Classroom Climate” goals Technical Fouls
New Zero Tolerance Class Policies New policies & seat changes: Why? Recent behavior has been rude, disrespectful, and unacceptable. Following the example of NBA referees (due to escalating arguing from players): I’ll be issuing “technical fouls” (referrals) for the following:
No-no’s Talking back Rude attitude Arguing Belligerence* (*hostility) Gruff tone of voice Mouthiness Calling out
What’s Appropriate? Managing your IMPULSIVITY Listening—not talking—when I’m teaching Raising your hand and asking questions with a polite tone of voice RESPECTRESPECT
If you’re thinking: CHILDISH! M aturity H H umanity S cholarship Self-control Compassion Learning
#3: Joint projects serve up the sweetest lemonade: World History/Business/English Exploring the role of business in world history AND connecting CTE Students identify an economic issue and research the interplay with history (1) Inquiry question of an issue related to the topic plus (2) audience response question posed at the end.
“It’s a W-R-A-P!” (end-of-year project) W rite-up: Outline plus three-page summary. R esearch: Accompanying the write-up will be a bibliography of sources. A rtwork: visual aid (i.e., poster, a PowerPoint, a collage of images, a timeline, or your own video. P resentation: Group findings presented in a 5 – 10 minute oral overview
#4: Advisory committees truly add the sugar to your lemonade! Recruiting: PTSA newsletter, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce news When: 3 X a year, 4 th collab Wed Topics: 1. Review & approve V.E. curriculum and calendar special projects 2. Discuss guest speaker needs 3. Scoring panel for Build Your Business projects.
How can we give back? Last year as part of our Build Your Business projects, each team presented an ad campaign that they developed in collaboration with one of our business partners. This year we’re going to present innovative ideas for the future— one for each business partner.
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