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How do you define Joyful Learning?. Handout: Verbal and Visual Word Association Share with an elbow partner Do you have a memory of a learning experience that brought you joy? What elements of the experience made it joyful?. Engaging Minds in the Classroom: The Surprising Power of Joy.

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    1. How do you define Joyful Learning? • Handout: Verbal and Visual Word Association • Share with an elbow partner • Do you have a memory of a learning experience that brought you joy? What elements of the experience made it joyful?

    2. Engaging Minds in the Classroom: The Surprising Power of Joy Michael Opitz and Michael Ford “…acquiring knowledge or skills in ways that cause pleasure or happiness…what we are suggesting is that wrestling with new ideas and taking risk to learn new content requires persistence and the willingness to work through difficulties as they arise: through this experience, students experience joyful learning.

    3. JOY-O-METER Where are you at? Where are your colleagues at? Where are your students at? 0 1 2 3 4 Joyless Somewhat Joyful Rarely Joyful Joyful, Joyful! Mostly Joyful

    4. We take Joy in… • Create “Joy” statements with students • Specifically connect “Joy” statements with writing • We take joy in…

    5. Challenge and Engagement

    6. Vygotsky- Zone of Proximal Development

    7. JUDY WILLIS • Jay McTighe Video Clip

    8. Neuroscience research connects to joyful learning In our research based, data and assessment driven educational system, leveraging the research on how the brain learns will help inform our conversations and prevent bad translations of • COMMON CORE STANDARDS • RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION • WE DON’T HAVE TIME FOR….

    9. The Neuroscience of Joyful Education • “When students are engaged and motivated and feel minimal stress, information flows freely through the affective filter in the amygdala and they achieve higher levels of cognition, make connections, and experience “aha” moments.” Judy Willis: The Neuroscience of Joyful Education, Educational Leadership

    10. Lost in translation… “Unfortunately, the current emphasis on standardized testing and rote learning encroaches upon many student’s joy. In their zeal to raise test scores, too many policymakers wrongly assume that students who are laughing, interacting in groups, and being creative…are not doing real academic work.” Judy Willis: The Neuroscience of Joyful Education, Educational Leadership

    11. HANDOUT RAD- What does it mean? Let’s fill it in- 

    12. RAD-Judy WillisThree Important Neuroscience Concepts to Consider R- Reticular Activating System-Novelty promotes information transmission A-Amygdala-Affective filter- Stress free classrooms promote learning and retention D- Dopamine-Released in our brains through pleasurable associations with learning

    13. Reticulum/Amygdala/Dopamine • I will strive to create a classroom in which CCSS are implemented in creative and novel ways so that the information is transmitted through my student’s reticular activating system. Promote engagement! R- Reticular Activating System-Novelty promotes information transmission A-Amygdala-Affective filter- Stress free classrooms promote learning and retention D- Dopamine-Released in our brains through pleasurable associations with learning

    14. Content Area Writing-Daniels, Zemelman, SteinkeExpressive writing can have a positive affect on health:Lowers stressBetter working memoryReduction of psychological symptomsReference from :Rochester Psychiatric Center- “Positive Health Effects of Expressive Writing” Writing has healthful benefits

    15. Ban Dr. Seuss Day?? • A Teacher’s Manifesto in a Time of Standardization

    16. Frame the Conversation Teachers: Use the neuroscience research on learning and the brain. It’s powerful! Students: Teach them the how the brain works so they can self advocate- It’s powerful! Judy Willis website: http://www.radteach.com/

    17. Handout- Judy Wallis “What You Should Know About Your Brain” Empower students too!

    18. Leverage the Neuroscience Research on Learning and the Brain • Inform the conversations • Promote joyful learning and connection to improved student outcomes • Promote student self-advocacy

    19. Joyful Learning FrameworkEngaging Minds in the Classroom: The Surprising Power of JoyMichael F. Opitz, Michael P. Ford ASCD 2014 • Handout: • Let’s look at the framework and then apply elements to student writing!

    20. Photographs by Lewis Hines of Child Labor

    21. Who Is In Our Classroom?

    22. Primary Source Documents