Back . Wendell School District #232 Staff Members! . Introduction of New Staff. Positive Interdependence AND Individual Accountability. Mrs. Gay Petersen . School Board Chairperson . The Elephant and the Rider Based on Switch (Heath and Heath 2010). The Elephant and the Rider Analogy.
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Wendell School District #232
Mrs. Gay Petersen
-The Elephant must make an emotional connection
because just knowing something isn’t enough to cause
-The elephant must feel something
-Needs clear milestones to celebrate
-The Rider holds the reins and seems to
be the leader.
-But, the Rider’s control is precarious.
-If the rider and elephant disagree about which direction to go, the Rider will lose.
-Points to the destination and sets clear steps.
1. Direct the Rider
-focus on our successes
-Script the critical steps clear and know where you are going!
-Point to the destination
2. Motivate the Elephant
-Make an emotional connection
-Break down the change until it no
longer spooks the elephant.
3. Shape the Path
-Tweak the environment.
-know how to get to the destination.
Where did this idea come From?
Was looking at a Plant Facility Levy
ELA Shifts (for all teachers)
Focus strongly where the standards focus
Coherence: think across grades, and link to major topics
Rigor: In major topics, pursue conceptual understanding procedural, skill and fluency, and application
Adjustments to instruction becomes essential!
(p. 93, Idaho ESEA Flexibility Waiver - adapted)