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Reaching Today’s Learners. Primary Literacy Project Module 5 March 8, 2012 Toni Wilson. Memories….. Think of a memory in your schooling that had a positive impact on you or your education….. Write Group Share Patterns?. How do you learn best?. 2 minute reflection Partner share

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Reaching today s learners

Reaching Today’s Learners

Primary Literacy Project Module 5

March 8, 2012

Toni Wilson



  • Think of a memory in your schooling that had a positive impact on you or your education…..

    • Write

    • Group Share

    • Patterns?

How do you learn best

How do you learn best?

  • 2 minute reflection

  • Partner share

  • Whole group share…..

    • Differences?

      • Generations?

Predictors of student success

Predictors of Student Success?

  • Self Control - The Marshmallow Test

  • Grit – Angela Duckworth

  • Counter Argument – Alfie Kohn

    What do you think?

    What can you do to help students?



  • Link to engagement

  • Link to interests

  • How can we motivate students?

    • Intrinsic vs.


  • brainstorm

What is student engagement

What is student engagement?

  • How do you know when students are engaged?

  • What do you do when they aren’t engaged?

  • Does it matter?

Engagement strategies for student success

Engagement Strategies for Student Success….

  • Kate Kinsella

  • Yopp sisters

  • Anita Archer

What is rigor

What is Rigor?

  • It is not more worksheets, more math problems, memorizing facts to regurgitate them on an exam, or more content covered in a shorter period of time…

  • It is not only for benchmark and challenge students…

    Rigor is the goal of helping students develop the capacity to understand content that is complex, ambiguous, provocative, and personally or emotionally challenging.

    (Strong, Silver, and Perini, 2001, ASCD)

Let s look deeper

Let’s look deeper….

  • Inquiry vs. Coverage

  • Integrated Learning

    • Memorizing bits vs. context in a meaningful way

21 st century skills

21st Century Skills….

  • What do students need for life???

  • The Common Core State Standards

Don t forget to keep in mind who are our students

Don’t forget to keep in mind….Who are our students?

  • Cameron

    Digital Youth Portrait: Cameron | Edutopia

Video games

Video Games

  • Friend or Foe?

  • Judy Willis

  • James Paul Glee – Edutopia video

    • Big Thinkers: James Paul Gee on Grading with Games | Edutopia

Next steps

Next Steps….

  • Familiarize yourself with the CCSS with a focus on how your teaching needs to change.

  • Get out of the assigning and assessing mode! (Jago)

  • Make sure ALL students are part of more complex story discussions. (Jago)

  • Include student choice!

  • Help students to set goals….and inspire them by setting your own.

  • Other?



  • Our students!!

  • Each other – digital immigrants befriend a digital native 

  • Podcasts, blogs, teacher sharing sites, wiki sites…



  • Do not confine your children to your own learning for they were born in another time. - Hebrew Proverb

Lift up your teaching

Lift UP your teaching!!

  • Teach with URGENCY and PASSION.

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