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  1. Teaching: The Cowboy way Presented by: Dr. Randy Esters

  2. The Esters Family

  3. Where is Home: Louisiana Opportunity Education Home Sweet Home

  4. Hobbies Sam , Preston, me and Rocky the Bluetick Coonhound

  5. Spending time with friends

  6. Church Family

  7. Southern words • Ya’ll – you all: everyone • Ya’ll want to learn something today? • Fixin - about to: preparing to do something • We are fixin to get started.

  8. Goals of this presentation • To model effective strategies • Demonstrate parallels between cowboys and teachers • To give participants tools for teaching • To impart a little “cowboy wisdom” to each of you

  9. What is a cowboy? • Men who tended the herd • Who were rough and tough • But reliable • Trustworthy • Respectful • Courageous • Sometimes, mean as a snake • Sometimes, gentle as a lamb

  10. What is a Cowboy? • Wear long sleeves and a hat to protect them from the elements • Love what they love completely • If they have fear, they never show it • Say what they mean and mean what they say

  11. Parallels to Teachers? • Teachers tend the children • We are rough and tough • But reliable • Trustworthy • Respectful • Courageous • Sometimes, mean as a snake • Sometimes, gentle as a lamb

  12. Parallels to Teachers? • We do not have clothes to protect us from the elements but we develop ways to protect ourselves from the outside world • If we have fear we never show it • We say what we mean and mean what we say

  13. Cowboy Wisdom Part 1 Strategies for Training a Cowboys’ Best Friend: The Horse

  14. Disclaimer Children are NOT horses: This is an analogy not a comparison

  15. Types of Horses The Show Horse: All show and no go

  16. Race Horses: Always in a hurry and hard to control

  17. Draft Horses: Slow and steady

  18. Cow Horse: Smart, Agile and ready to work

  19. Don’t you wish this were all of them? OOOHHHH NO!!! there’s more

  20. Mean horse: mad at the world

  21. Sweet Horses

  22. Big and Little horses

  23. Even horses we train to buck

  24. All shapes, sizes and talents: All horses are individuals

  25. There are no Perfect Horses Discussion Ticket #1 – What is a “good” child

  26. You must have trust and respect What are signs of horse trust and respect ? Child trust and respect ?

  27. Have a controlled Environment to begin

  28. Finish with freedom and exploration Real world applications

  29. Exaggerate to Teach • Over teach a concept or skill. Repetition and consistent lessons • Is the horse ready to learn the lesson: Is the lesson developmentally appropriate for the child

  30. Short but intense lessons • Horse lessons shouldn’t last more than 5 seconds: Child lessons 1 minute for every year of life up to 18. • Lessons should have meaning • Lessons should be intense and intentional • Begin with the end in mind • Lessons must build on each other

  31. Communicate exactly what you expect • The horse must clearly understand what you are asking it to do • People must understand the goal as well • You must have their full attention before you can communicate • You can not say one thing and demonstrate another • Fear and mistrust have bad results

  32. Provide praise • All people want to be praised • Make certain the praise is specific and timely • Be generous but real Discussion Ticket 2 – talk to a friend and write down as many praise words as you can think of.

  33. Horses give to pressure • You can not force a 500 KG horse to do ANYTHING! • Old cowboy saying “ you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink” • The horse must want to be cooperative • The more you struggle against it the more resistant it will be • There is a difference in Breaking and Training

  34. Pressures all people give to

  35. Horses have a dominant side • They will always point the dominant ear when the start to pay attention • It takes work to help them switch sides to be mounted if its not their natural side

  36. Brain Dominance We should be right or left handed, legged, eyed and eared Our eyes and ears should follow the hand

  37. Effect of Cross Dominance • Emotionality – easy to anger or thrill , slow to calm down • Cognitively controlled by stress – ie….blank out at test time • Remember trivial details but forgets the “big picture” • Disorganized – loses things easily. Great at getting things started , not good at seeing them through. • Usually an “idea” person • Many of us learn to compensate. It is simply more difficult to be structured

  38. A horse must be moving to learn • You can not teach a lesson- other than to break its spirit – to a still horse • When you get it moving you must: • Know what you want it to know (state objectives) • Tell it that it is about to be given an action (prepare the learner) • Example: “you are going to prepare to stop when I shift forward” • Over teach the lesson • Stop and let it think about what it just learned (review and reflect) • How long should a lesson be?

  39. Movement • Produces endorphins “natural mood enhancers” • Breaks up the lesson into chunks • Increases the capacity and number of blood vessels, allowing for the delivery of oxygen, water, and glucose to the brain • Uses “restless” energy

  40. Horses like games • Horses and kids learn best when they think they are playing

  41. Part 2 The Life of a Cowboy

  42. Young cowboys learned by teaching • The old cowboys would show a youngster something then get them to teach each other. • They would practice together and help each other

  43. Stories and songs • Cowboys used songs and stories to pass their history and experiences down because they were easy to remember • We can use stories and songs in the classroom.

  44. Cowboys are self reliant • They make do with what they have • They are resourceful • They are tough

  45. Cowboys are Special • They get the job done because the herd depends on them • They work or ride no matter the conditions

  46. Cowboys are steady • They know what they believe in • They will stand up for what they think is right • They show up ready and willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done

  47. A cowboy rides for the brand • They are loyal to the ranch and the boss • They are loyal to their culture and way of life Educators must be loyal to their school and administration More importantly they must be loyal to education as the only path out of oppression!

  48. Cowboy up!It’s a wonderful world