3 Creating Relationships (Payne) The role of the educator is not to save the student, but rather to offer a support system, role models, and opportunities to learn, which will increase the likelihood of the student’s success.
4 Lincoln High School Demographics API -617 (2012)Intercity urban school86% of students qualify for free and/or reduced lunch1537 students (down from over 1800)High teacher turnover (over 50% since 2011)
5 2013 CST Test Score Data 15% passed Algebra 1 (up from 5%) 32% passed ELA15% passed Biology/Life Science (down from 27%)
6 Student Demographics 61% Hispanic 28% Black 7% Asian 36% EL population 16% Special Ed
7 STRUGGLES Majority of students never do homework Frequent absences Lack of parent support and/or guidanceOnly 9% of parents have a 4-year degreeLack of technology and/or Internet at homeGeneral chaos of working in high poverty schools
8 Why PLTW PBS? Students are engaged in curriculum Makes connections between concepts that students so desperately needhands-on experienceStudents see real life connections -this isn’t just about gradesViable career choicesTeaches students “Grit”
9 Let’s step back a bit… Grit Studies The tendency not to abandon tasks from mere changeability. Not seeking something because of novelty. Not “looking for a change.”The tendency not to abandon tasks in the face of obstacles. Perseverance, tenacity, doggedness.
10 What is Grit? SAMPLE QUESTIONS FROM GRIT SCALE New ideas and projects sometimes distract me from previous ones.Setbacks don’t discourage me.I am a hard worker. I finish whatever I begin.Talk about West Point and Spelling Bee
11 What is GRIT?growth mindset” — those who “believe that we can get better at almost anything, provided we invest the necessary time and energy”
12 How does PLTW teach GRIT? PBS Lesson – What is DNA?Students had the “building blocks” of DNA and were required to assemble them with the minimal directions acting like Watson & Crick
16 How does PLTW teach GRIT? TEAMWORK and COLLABORATIONThey call this “social intelligence”Was able to find solutions during conflicts with othersShowed that s/he cared about the feelings of othersAdapted to different social situations
17 How does PLTW teach GRIT? STUDENT-LED – students must read the directions in order to complete assignmentsStudents are repeatedly handed back their work until it is passable.
18 How does PLTW teach GRIT? CURIOSITYWas eager to explore new thingsAsked questions to help s/he learn betterTook an active interest in learningTHIS IS THE EASY PART!
19 How does PLTW teach Grit? Low income students statistically score very low on the GRIT scale.PLTW teaches character development which is just as important as content!
21 How to scaffold PLTW PBS curriculum Add information about Anna’s last meal to the Project Autopsy Report – under the heading Gastrointestinal System. Include a summary of how this finding could link to her diabetes and her death.What was Anna’s last meal?How do you know? (add evidence from your lab!)What type of Diabetes does Anna have?How is her stomach content information linked to her Diabetes?Could this have been linked to her death?These directions when scaffolded become this:
22 ModificationsAll directions that require something to write/type is highlightedKey vocabularyExplicit Teaching of ALL material
23 Modifications Labs and activities take longer In general, add at least 2 days to most activitiesEmbrace QUALITY over quantityWhen the culture has changed, quantity will occur
30 Recommended ReadingsHow to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk -Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish A Framework for Understanding Poverty -Ruby PayneAngela Duckworth's TED talkWhat if the Secret to Success is Failure? NYT Article
31 Contact InfoDanielle ThompsonLincoln High SchoolProject Lead the Way Biomedical SciencesSan DiegoPhone (619) ext 2332