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Top 20 Teachers Bernabei, Cody, Sweeney. Presented by: Thelma Luna Christopher O. Park Mary Lou Rodriguez. Chapter 9 Answer the Relevancy Question: “What’s in it for Me?”. Mountain of Learning: Confusion Rocks! Confusion: “I don’t get it.” Goal: “Aha! I get it now.”. Goal. CONFUSION.

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top 20 teachers bernabei cody sweeney

Top 20 TeachersBernabei, Cody, Sweeney

Presented by:

Thelma Luna

Christopher O. Park

Mary Lou Rodriguez

chapter 9 answer the relevancy question what s in it for me
Chapter 9Answer the Relevancy Question:“What’s in it for Me?”
  • Mountain of Learning: Confusion Rocks!

Confusion: “I don’t get it.”

Goal: “Aha! I get it now.”



memorization or realization
Memorization or Realization
  • Memorization: Take information, store it and later repeat the information back to teacher.
  • No grasp of the significance of event.
  • Need to know meaning.
  • Delivering data to be memorized is no longer a teacher’s primary purpose.
  • Realizations: Offer students connections in their learning.
  • Allows students to apply their learning to situations that are meaningful in their lives.
learning in the moment and after the fact
Learning ‘In the Moment’ and ‘After the Fact’
  • In The Moment (ITM)- After seeing one example students understand how to solve problem.
  • After The Fact (ATF) – Do not understand until they see multiple examples.

Students are different and they might be ITM learners in one class but ATF learners in another.

but what s in it for me
But what’s in it for me?
  • Students
  • “What’s in it for me?”
  • “This is stupid.”
  • “We’ve learned this before.”
  • “When am I ever going to use this?”
content and grades
Content and Grades
  • Course content is important
  • Grades have served as a huge incentive for students
  • Grades are effective motivators for the small percentage of student's who excel and earn the high grades.
  • (Publish grades and rankings of all teachers on staff each week?)
building intellectual muscle
Building Intellectual Muscle
  • Life is about problem solving.
  • Careers are about problem solving.
  • Poorly developed intellectual muscle will have a difficult time surviving and thriving.
star qualities the hidden curriculum
Star Qualities: The Hidden Curriculum
  • Personal developmental character traits that young people acquire as they mature into young adults.
  • Responsibility, Self-motivation, organization, and patience are Star Qualities.
  • Reduce negative mental habits that become roadblocks to success in school and life.
chapter 10 keep stupid in the box
Chapter 10 Keep Stupid in the Box
  • One of the greatest roadblocks to a students success is his belief that he is stupid.
  • This belief stems from the students repeated feelings of being stupid.
  • Students chance of success is greatly diminished.
real experiences
Real Experiences
  • Examples of teachers feeling stupid are when they:
  • Don’t know the answer to a students question.
  • Are confused with computers or technology.
  • Forget someone’s name.
  • Are late for a meeting.
letting stupid out of the box
Letting Stupid Out of the Box
  • Real Experiences
  • Real Experiences (Equals)



five causes of stupid
Five Causes of Stupid
  • 1. Called- Dumb, idiot, special, retard, moron, etc. Non-verbal expressions, being laughed at
  • 2. Comparison- Compare themselves to others or are compared to others.
  • 3. Confusion- When they don’t know or understand something.
  • 4 Can’t- Students feel stupid when they CAN’T do something, when they fail at something or make mistakes.
  • 5. Certain Situations- Students feel stupid when they find themselves in certain situations. Placed in a certain class, participate in certain activities, need help.
reactions to feeling stupid
Reactions to Feeling Stupid
  • Withdraw- Back away from experiences, quit school, quit participating in school.
  • Pretend- Fake responses to that their stupidity is not detected by others.
  • React Emotionally- Feel embarrassed, angry, upset, sad, worried, nervous, stressed.
  • Judge- “I’m not good enough” “I’m stupid” “I don’t know anything”
  • Act Out- Misbehave in class or on the playground.
  • Become Defensive- Defend themselves by judging their classes or teachers.
  • Become Motivated-Work harder or study more in order to be better. Produce positive results.
  • Become Numb-Students feel that being numb is better than dumb. Apathy is one form of numb: “I don’t care. Whatever.”
top 20 teachers are aware of stupid
Top 20 Teachers are Aware of Stupid
  • Stupid has had a devastating effect on the lives and learning of American youth.
  • Minimizes the potential of our students.
  • Minimize stupid in our schools and its negative effect and get stupid back in the box.