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1 Danielle Thompson Lincoln High School San Diego Unified School District


3 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  API -617 (2012)  Intercity urban school  86% of students qualify for free and/or reduced lunch  1537 students (down from over 1800)  High teacher turnover (over 50% since 2011)

5  15% passed Algebra 1 (up from 5%)  32% passed ELA  15% passed Biology/Life Science (down from 27%)

6  61% Hispanic  28% Black  7% Asian  36% EL population  16% Special Ed

7  Majority of students never do homework  Frequent absences  Lack of parent support and/or guidance  Only 9% of parents have a 4-year degree  Lack of technology and/or Internet at home  General chaos of working in high poverty schools

8  Students are engaged in curriculum  Makes connections between concepts that students so desperately need  hands-on experience  Students see real life connections -this isn’t just about grades  Viable career choices  Teaches students “Grit”

9  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 SAMPLE QUESTIONS FROM GRIT SCALE 1.New ideas and projects sometimes distract me from previous ones. 2.Setbacks don’t discourage me. 3.I am a hard worker. 4. I finish whatever I begin.

11  growth mindset” — those who “believe that we can get better at almost anything, provided we invest the necessary time and energy”

12  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


14  Constantly remind students that “IT IS OKAY TO BE FRUSTRATED – Embrace it!”  Let.Them.Fail.  Think of yourself as a guidebook, not an itinerary.


16  TEAMWORK and COLLABORATION  They call this “social intelligence” ▪ Was able to find solutions during conflicts with others ▪ Showed that s/he cared about the feelings of others ▪ Adapted to different social situations

17  STUDENT-LED – students must read the directions in order to complete assignments  Students are repeatedly handed back their work until it is passable.

18  CURIOSITY  Was eager to explore new things  Asked questions to help s/he learn better  Took an active interest in learning THIS IS THE EASY PART!

19  Low income students statistically score very low on the GRIT scale.  PLTW teaches character development which is just as important as content!


21 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. a.What was Anna’s last meal? b.How do you know? (add evidence from your lab!) c.What type of Diabetes does Anna have? d.How is her stomach content information linked to her Diabetes? e.Could this have been linked to her death?

22  All directions that require something to write/type is highlighted  Key vocabulary  Explicit Teaching of ALL material

23  Labs and activities take longer  In general, add at least 2 days to most activities  Embrace QUALITY over quantity  When the culture has changed, quantity will occur




27 Field Trip To UCSD Hillcrest medical Center My student who was accepted to the Perry Outreach 1/30 with over 300 applicants!



30  How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk -Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish  A Framework for Understanding Poverty -Ruby Payne  Angela Duckworth's TED talk Angela Duckworth's TED talk  What if the Secret to Success is Failure? NYT Article What if the Secret to Success is Failure? NYT Article

31 Danielle Thompson Lincoln High School Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences Lincoln High School San Diego Phone (619) ext 2332

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