Empowering the Learner. Jenifer Born District Peer Mentor Teacher . Desired Outcomes. Develop understanding of brain research as it relates to learning Investigate proper use of feedback Explore ideas for involving students Explore practices in which students monitor their own learning.
District Peer Mentor Teacher
The new appraisal system focuses strongly on a student-centered, student-led classroom.
Research supports this type of classroom learning environment because it empowers students and positively impacts student achievement.
“Faced with frustration, despair, worry, sadness, or shame, kids lose access to their own memory, reasoning, and the capacity to make connections.”
“The emotional brain, the limbic system, has the power to open or close access to learning, memory, and the ability to make novel connections.”
Dweck (2006) states, “One way to create a growth mindset culture for learning is by providing the right kinds of praise and encouragement.”
Shifting from a teacher-led classroom to a student-centered classroom requires a significant change in thinking.
How might you give students a more significant role in your classroom?
Use Bounce cards as sentence stems for responses.
Take what your classmate(s) said and bounce an idea off of it. For example, you can start your sentences with…
“That reminds me of…”
“I agree, because…”
“True. Another example is when…”
“That’s a great point…”
Sum it up:
Rephrase what was just said in a shorter version. For example, you can start your sentences with…
“I hear you saying that…”
“So, if I understand you correctly…”
“I like how you said…”
Understand what your classmates mean by asking them questions. For example, you can start your questions with…
“Can you tell me more about that?”
“I’m not sure I understand...”
“I see your point, but what about….?”
“Have you thought about…?”
Giving feedback to students lets the students know that you know them well and that you care about their effort and their progress.
Giving feedback about effort helps students to better understand that perseverance and persistence pays off.
Boykin and Noguera(2012) stated,
“Evidence has mounted that learners’ goals can significantly affect academic functioning in ways that can address the achievement gap.”
Use of Data Notebooks is recommended strategy for improved student performance and supported by Baldrige.
There are many forms available online that you might consider when planning for student-led conferencing.