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CEP Templeton Project: Webinar & On-Line Learning VI – Providing a Meaningful Academic Curriculum & VII – Fostering Students’ Intrinsic Motivation. Richard Benjamin July 2011. 4.1 Overview.

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Richard benjamin july 2011

CEP Templeton Project: Webinar & On-Line LearningVI – Providing a Meaningful Academic Curriculum & VII – Fostering Students’ Intrinsic Motivation

Richard Benjamin

July 2011

4 1 overview

4.1 Overview

Using CE to multiply classroom engagement, learning, retention & application *******Key Focus is using CE as an end in itself and as a proven tool/strategy for boosting student learning**

  • Consider

  • Core & Performance Values

  • Consider

  • Social-Emotional Learning as a tool to enhance learning, and as an end in itself

  • Consider

  • CE strategies derived from Marzano’s Nine, and Howard Gardner / Project Zero Artful Thinking Project

  • Intro boiler plate and intro topic and speaker

  • Hook—How can we help our students work and reason with core values?

  • Perhaps – How do we invite our students to love learning and to do good and to do well?

  • Recognition of strategies to promote student engagement and autonomy

  • Intro to distinction between moral and performance character

  • Applications of core value in performance character in elem, MS and HS

  • Intro to cognitive reasoning categories (such as Bloom) to highlight goal of teaching students to reason (analysis and evaluation) using core values and Golden Rule as a guide for ethical thinking.

  • At upper levels, to compare and contrast key frameworks (along with the Golden Rule) for making ethical decisions….and how to apply them to past and current events in science and in social studies…..

4 2 overview

4.2 Overview

  • 4.2

  • Character in the Curriculum (part 2) (rb would develop this one if it is available)

  • Brief overview of webinar 4.1 with lead in to teaching reason strategies with core values

  • Age appropriate examples in literature

  • Age appropriate examples in social studies

  • Age appropriate examples in ……. Science / Math

  • Arts / PE ……Cyprus Woods

  • Value of professional development and peer demonstration to advance strategies

  • Collaborative Analysis of Student Work / Collaborative development of Integrated Units “Meaning

Introduction to principle vi provide a meaningful academic curriculum

Introduction to Principle VIProvide a Meaningful Academic Curriculum

  • When teachers bring to the fore the character dimension of the curriculum, they enhance the relevance of subject matter to students’ natural interests and questions, and in the process, increase student engagement and achievement. p1

  • How can schools harness the time and energy going into academics to simultaneously (and naturally) promote character development? p2

  • How can schools enhance academic learning through character development? p2

Cep principle 6 provide a meaningful academic curriculum

CEP Principle # 6 – Provide a Meaningful Academic Curriculum

  • Meaningful

  • Connect to interests and background knowledge

  • Academic Curriculum

  • Address Traditional Basics

    • Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies

  • Address (and model) 21st Century Standards

    • Critical + Creative Thinking & Problem Solving, Design & Imagination, Collaboration

Character achievement a reinforcing loop

Character & Achievement(A Reinforcing Loop)


How can schools enhance

academic learning


character development? p2

How can schools harness

the time and energy going into

academics to simultaneously

(and naturally) promote

character development? p2

Good Character as a means

to improve academic learning,

and as a desired end or goal

of schooling….



  • Show Respect

  • to

  • Get Respect

  • Respect the Student interests & priorities

    • Affiliation

    • Music

    • Other

  • Class Meetings

    • Show Respect by listening and acting on suggestions to improve the learning classroom

Richard benjamin july 2011

Character & Achievement(A Reinforcing Loop)


Panter CHARACTER Outcomes

Panter ACH Data

Nancy Lee Report

/ Reflections

Audra Knight

Writing Samples

Audra Knight Video

Create fishbone

Create fishbone

Find alignment arrows

Find ‘alignment’ arrows

Character connections natural intersections

“Character Connections”- Natural Intersections

  • Current ethical issues in Science

  • Debating historical practices and decisions

  • Discussing character traits and ethical dilemmas in (history) and literature

  • Other

Meaningful curriculum

Meaningful Curriculum

  • Student Voice & Choice

  • Cooperative Learning

  • Problem-Solving Approaches

  • Project-Based Learning

  • Experience-Based Projects

Principles of engagement

Principles of Engagement

  • Student Interests

  • Authentic Learning Experiences

  • ‘Voice & Choice’

  • Challenge

  • (Appropriate) Competition

  • Intrinsic Rewards

  • Add from Schlechty



  • Culture

  • Mobius

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