Presentation on theme: "The Continuous Improvement Classroom"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Continuous Improvement Classroom Class Meetings
2 The Continuous Improvement Classroom Ground rules created by studentsClassroom mission statementsClassroom and student measurable goalsQuality tools and PDSA used regularlyThe Continuous Improvement ClassroomClassroom data centersClassroom meetings facilitated by studentsStudent-led conferencesStudent data folders
3 What do you think Class Meetings are? -What happens in a class meeting?-What’s the purpose?Some information in this presentation is derived from the following resource:Styles's book, Class Meetings: Building Leadership, Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills in the Respectful Classroom, is available from Pembroke Publishing and in educational stores. Copies also can be obtained by contacting A video, "Bridgette: The Power of Class Meetings," published by the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District, is also available. The video, which features Styles' class in action, can be purchased for $10 (Canadian) by contacting
4 What Are Class Meetings? Led and facilitated by students (rotation)Use customer input tools to guide discussions (plus/delta, quality quadrant, etc.)Issues and concerns are discussed by students (focus on problem solving- RX)Praise and “Kudos” are given to recognize progress toward mission and class goals (refer to the Classroom Data Center)
5 Practices For Class Meetings Stay focused on progress toward class mission and goals (use the classroom data center as the key information resource for the classroom)Keep a positive focus on continuous improvementUse meetings to involve the students and allow them to take ownership of the classroom
8 What I enjoy about CI is the plus delta chart because I have never been able to tell my teacher what could stay and what could change about class It really gives me a chance to speak my mind.5th Grade Student
13 I hope every kid gets to experience CI because it is just amazing what you can learn. Kids need social skills to give them more opportunities for jobs. If they want to run for president, they need social skills. If they want to be a lawyer, teacher, speaker or author, they need social skills. CI gives kids social skills they need to have to be one of those CI is everything a child needs.-5th Grade Student
14 Other Customer Feedback Tools! Worksheets B, C & D
15 Table Time! Planning for classroom feedback What approach, process or tools will you use to seek feedback and input from your customers?StudentsParentsWho else?
17 Quality “Rap” QUIET AT APPROPRIATE TIMES If you want to be sublime. USE ACCEPTABLE VOICESTo help you make good choices.ACT RESPONSIBLYIt’s good for you and good for me.LISTEN WITH EARS, EYES AND NOT MOUTHIn the east, west, north and south.IN EVERY WAY TRY YOUR BESTGive it your all and never rest.TREAT OTHERS WITH RESPECTThat’s our main aspect.YOUR HANDS AND FEET KEEP TO YOURSELFThen we’ll be good like everyone else.
18 “QUALITY” Students“QUALITY” student- She is wearing the quality student sign.Irene is the “QUALITY” mascot!
19 Continuous Improvement in Action Each morning 5th grade students read the daily announcements.During this time they recite the school Mission StatementThe announcements end with an inspirational “QUALITY” message
20 Building Community in the Classroom Class MeetingsBuilding Community in the Classroom
21 Class meetings usually serve one or more of the following purposes: To plan and make decisions, to “check in”To solve problems or raise awareness
22 Their versatility makes them a valuable classroom management tool-one that helps students actively contribute to their academic and social learning.
23 Why Have Class Meetings Kids are involved in decisions makingA forum for students to voice and directly effect how they want their class to beCreates a climate of trust and respect between students and teachersBuilds self esteem by having students involved in decisions that affect their world
24 Kids develop a sense of responsibility for their actions Enhances speaking, listening, leadership skills.A forum for students to support each otherStudents take charge of their own learning
25 What is an Effective Class Meeting? Teacher “shares the control” with students by letting them help set the agendaFocus is always on school, not homeStudents do most of the talking (teacher as facilitator)Teacher teaches students to listen to and respect each others’ ideas
26 Ways to Begin Meetings Explain purpose of the meetings Talk about student’s hopes for the meetingRecord student ideasEngage students’ personal experiencesIntroduce vocabulary or concepts
27 Remind students of earlier meeting results or topics Read a related story
28 Ways to End MeetingsPost a list and ask students to keep thinking about itSynthesize what the ideas meanPreview the next meetingReflect on the meeting – process, results, learningsAsk for volunteers to create a document about what you did
30 I believe continuous improvement is a great method, and I hope many more districts agree to have this in their classes.5th Grade Student
31 Establish a timeline for completing activities Celebrate what you have accomplishedAdd final observations
32 Articles- Day 3: Class Meetings Retrieved online ( )Read the articleDiscuss with your tableStyles's book, Class Meetings: Building Leadership, Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills in the Respectful Classroom, is available from Pembroke Publishing and in educational stores. Copies also can be obtained by contacting A video, "Bridgette: The Power of Class Meetings," published by the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District, is also available. The video, which features Styles' class in action, can be purchased for $10 (Canadian) by contacting
33 How Will You Implement Class Meetings? At your table, describe your thoughts about class meetings and what it could look like in your classroomHow will you get started?What will be the agenda for your class meetings?How will you use class meetings to:Review your SMART goals, Mission, Data/Progress, Ground rules, etc…?
34 Try it Out! Conduct a “table” meeting with your group. Apply the techniques you just learned about class meetings and conduct a “table” meetingAssign a facilitatorDiscuss progress toward goals, missionReview data in your data center as discussion pointsFocus on continuous improvement!
35 Table Meeting Agenda Utilize your table data center Review table mission statementReview table ground rulesConduct a review of progress toward your table SMART goal(s)Suggestions for improvement to meet table SMART goals?Other discussions related to mission & goalsClose meeting- recap action items
36 What is your plan to implement class meetings? Journal Writing…What is your plan to implement class meetings?Worksheet H