We need fewer, clearer and more rigorous standards!
Texas NESS Study Subgroup Rankings ELA Skill: Write clear and concise directions or procedures. GroupRank Overall Texas9 Business/Industry2 Other Non-educators10 English Language Arts Teachers Other Educators8
Texas NESS Study Subgroup Rankings ELA Skill: Write clear and concise directions or procedures. GroupRank Overall Texas9 Business/Industry2 Other Non-educators10 English Language Arts Teachers25 Other Educators8
Texas NESS Study Subgroup Rankings Math Skill: Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to right triangles. GroupRank Overall Texas20 Business/Industry29 Other Non-educators31 Mathematics Teachers Other Educators24
Texas NESS Study Subgroup Rankings Math Skill: Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to right triangles. GroupRank Overall Texas20 Business/Industry29 Other Non-educators31 Mathematics Teachers4 Other Educators24
Texas NESS Study Subgroup Rankings Social Studies Skill (Economics): Investigate how a cost/benefit analysis can influence decisions based on profits and losses. GroupRank Overall Texas22 Business/Industry3 Other Non-educators15 Social Studies Teachers57 Other Educators18
We need fewer, clearer and more rigorous standards! OUR PROBLEM IS NOT SIMPLY STANDARDS, BUTDESIGN AS WELL!!!!
Think about how the education system generally behaves…
We need more artists, so heres our plan. REQUIRE ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO TAKE MORE ART!
We need more scientists and mathematicians, so heres our plan. REQUIRE ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO TAKE MORE MATH AND SCIENCE!
What Works Best? REQUIRE MANDATE FORCE EXCITE CREATE PASSION MOTIVATE
Motivation is a key ingredient for success in learning.
The primary aim of education is not to enable students to do well in school, but to help them do well in the lives they lead outside of school.
Weve created false proxies for learning… Finishing a course or textbook has come to mean achievement Listening to lecture has come to mean understanding Getting a high score on a standardized test has come to mean proficiency
Learning should have its roots in.. Meaning, not just memory Engagement, not simply transmission Inquiry, not only compliance Exploration, not just acquisition Personalization, not simply uniformity Collaboration, not only competition Trust, not fear
What does the net generation expect from us based on their lifetime experiences with technology?
This Generation… Teenagers surveyed… Use MySpace and Face Book use texting instead of e-mail (parents) nearly 60% would rather use e-mail than a telephone are likely to have 6 applications running at once on their PC
This Generation… The killer application for todays students isnt You Tube, Face Book, My Space, Google, Moodle, Pod-casting or some Wiki-site For digital teens, the one and only killer app is… speed Consider this …
This Generation… –The fastest growing segment of computer-users today in the U.S. is 5 to 7 year olds
Three reasons for this… Abundance Asia Automation
#1 Abundance Malls, Target, PetsMart, Best Buy, Homes, Cars Self Storage Trash …. USA spends more on trash bags than 90 countries spend on everything
Abundance has produced an ironic result… Lessened the significance of things because you can get it anywhere. (no longer enough to create a product thats reasonably priced and functional) Products must be more R – Directed beautiful, unique, meaningful, aesthetic imperative
Abundance Elevates R – Directed Thinking Electric lighting was rare a century ago… Today it is commonplace and abundant. Yet…. Candles who needs them anymore? $2.4 billion business a year
#2 ASIA Knowledge workers new competition.. India, Philippines, China Programmers 70k – 80k are paid what a Taco Bell worker makes Chip designers 7k in USA …..1K in India Aerospace Engineers USA 6K… $650 in Russia Accountant USA 5K… $300 in Philippines
Savings Rate 1. India -- 25% 2. Japan -- 28% 3. Korea -- 30% 4. China -- 50% 5. United States -- (-4%)*
2007 – World Economic Leaders 1. United States 2. Japan 3. England 4. Germany Source: Goldman Sacks
2040 – World Economic Leaders 1. China 2. India 3. United States 4. Mexico 5. Russia 6. Brazil 7. Germany 8. England Source: Goldman Sacks
#3 Automation Last century machines proved they could replace human backs This century new technologies are proving they can replace human left brains Any job that depends on routines is at risk. Automation is changing even doctors work. Outsource.com
Left hemisphere is sequential, logical and analytical. The Left powered the Information Age. Still necessary, but no longer sufficient. Right hemisphere is non linear, intuitive and holistic. The Right qualities of inventiveness, empathy, joyfulness and meaning will power the Conceptual Age.
A new age valuing…. High Concept: the capacity to detect patterns / opportunities to create, to be artistic / emotional beauty and to combine seemingly unrelated ideas into something new. High Touch: involves the ability to empathize with others, understand the subtleties of human interaction to find joy and elicit it in others
High Concept / High Touch GMs top leader… I see us being in the art business. MBAs becoming the blue collar workers for the conceptual age. Graphic designers have increased ten fold in the last decade. Since 1970, 30% more people are earning a living as writers. More Americans today work in art, entertainment and design than as lawyers, accountants and auditors.
The future belongs to a very different kind of mind.. Creators and empathizers Pattern recognizers Meaning makers And more……….
Participation Gap Self-Worth: Self-Worth occurs when students know they are valued members of the community; have a person they can trust; believe they can achieve. Active Engagement: Active Engagement happens when students are deeply involved in the learning process. Purpose: Purpose exists when students take responsibility for who and what they want to become.
STUDENT ASPIRATIONS / PARTICIPATION GAP SELF WORTH ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT PURPOSE Belonging Heroes Sense of Accomplishment Fun & Excitement Curiosity & Creativity Spirit of Adventure Leadership & Responsibility Confidence to Take Action Relationships Relevance Rigor
6-89-12STATEMENT 42%48%School is boring. 68%55%At school I am encouraged to be creative. 47%37%My classes help me understand what is happening in my everyday life. 67%54%Teachers enjoy working with students 47%37%Teachers have fun at school. 41%28%Teachers make school an exciting place to learn. 79%71%My teachers present lessons in different ways. ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT Fun & Excitement Curiosity & Creativity Spirit of Adventure NATIONAL DATA Copyright 2008 Quaglia Institute
I am proud of my school.T = 85 S = 50 I am excited to be working with students.T = 96 Teachers enjoy working with students.S = 56 Students have fun at school.T = 78 School is boring.S = 47 Students make school an exciting place to work.T = 87 Teachers make school an exciting place to learn.S = 31 I have fun at school.T = 85 Teachers have fun at school.S = 39 NATIONAL DATA Delusional Discrepancies Copyright 2008 Quaglia Institute
Teacher – Student Comparisons T – I make learning exciting for my students. 86% S – My teachers make learning fun. 41%
Teacher – Student Comparisons T – I am aware of my students interests outside of school. 84% S – My teachers know my interests outside of school. 28%
Rigor and Relevance is NOT a new add –on !! Rigor and Relevance is a Philosophy of Teaching !!
Rigor and Relevance What is it? And what does it mean?
Assimilation of knowledge Acquisition Thinking Continuum
Knowledge Taxonomy Awareness Level Recall specific information list, arrange, underline, identify List the four basic math functions Comprehension Level Understand / interpret information define, explain, calculate, reword Select the correct math function to solve a word problem.
Knowledge Taxonomy Application level Applying knowledge and understanding to a new situation solve, operate, use, handle, apply Using a ruler, determine the square footage of the floor in this room. Analysis Level Separate a complex idea into its components categorize, simplify, examine, survey Which Microsoft Office program was used to create this presentation?
Knowledge Taxonomy Synthesis Level Combining knowledge to form a new idea. create, build, generate, reorganize Write a manual for using a new power tool. Evaluation Level Choosing an alternative in making a decision. decide, classify, judge, prioritize Which salesperson provided the best customer service? Why?
Relevance To determine a lessons Relevance you must ask the following questions… 1.Is it an application? 2. Is it real world? 3. Is it unpredictable?
1 Knowledge of one discipline 2 Application within discipline 3 Application across disciplines 4 Application to real-world predictable situations 5 Application to real-world unpredictable situations
Acquisition of knowledge Application of knowledge Action Continuum Relevance of learning to life and work
Application Model Knowledge within a Course Learning Knowledge, Attitude, or Skills Learning how to use a calculator Apply Knowledge within Discipline Using the knowledge, attitude, or skills within the course curriculum Using the calculator to determine the material costs of a storage shed
Application Model Apply Across Disciplines Using the knowledge, attitude, or skills in all discipline curriculums Using the rules of spelling, grammar, punctuation learned in English in all classes Apply to Predictable Situations Use information to analyze and solve real world problems with predictable solutions Read a recipe and calculate the ingredients needed to triple the recipe
Application Model Apply to Unpredictable Situations Using information to analyze and solve real problems with unknown solutions Plan the transportation and lodging for your familys vacation to Disney World Plan a luncheon for students being inducted into the National Honor Society and their parents
RIGORRIGOR RELEVANCE A B D C Rigor/Relevance Framework TeacherWork Teacher/Student Roles StudentThinkStudent Think & Work StudentWork High Low
RIGORRIGOR RELEVANCE A B D C Rigor/Relevance Framework Describe function of gas spectrophotometer Difficult Solve quadratic equations Determine cost efficent heating for new home design Troubleshoot lawnmower that doesnt start High Low
RIGORRIGOR RELEVANCE A B D C Rigor/Relevance Framework Count by 5s to 100 Easy Compare captialism and socialism Write a letter to the editor Make change as cashier without working register High Low
1 2 3 4 5 4 5 6 3 2 1 Blooms Application C D A B 20 th Century 21 th Century
BEING EXTRAORDINARY Committed to the truth Be committed to delaying gratification Be someone who always has the chance of saying yes Live a life where you do not make others wrong
BEING EXTRAORDINARY Be committed to courage Be someone who produces results with absolutely no force Be a person who is peaceful in chaos
BEING EXTRAORDINARY Be committed to courage Be someone who produces results with absolutely no force Be a person who is peaceful in chaos Be committed to managing success, while being aware of its dangers (lottery winners and GM)