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Engaging the Disaffected Learner George Maurer Whittney Smith
Getting to Know Each other • What do you get paid to do? • What is your most vivid memory of your own schooling… elementary, middle, or high school?
The Kids are Different! • Who are Millenials and what are they like? • Realistic • Optimistic • Progressive • Loyal • Inclusive • Collaborative • Scheduled They want feedback to be timely and two way!
Millenials See Leadership… … as participative
Simulation A B C D E • All communication must be in writing • No “Carbon Copies” • First Team finished gets a reward!
Practical Strategies for At-Risk Students • Greet students at the door! • Choice (do 10 out of 12) • Don’t Aggravate them! • Establish a Culture in Your Classroom • Rigor – www.fanfiction.com • Use Rubrics… begin with the end in mind
Positive Feedback When you… I felt… Use this more frequently Negative Feedback I felt… When you… In the future… Feedback
Vocabulary 12,365ft. The height of Mt. Fuji Flaneur An aimless idler; a loafer.
Teachers 35% 15% 15% 35%
Students 15% 35% 15% 35% 35% 15% 15% 35%
Students Who Drop Out 5% 70% 15% 10%
Personalization to help disaffected students: • Assess their own talents and aspirations • Plan a pathway toward their own purpose • Work cooperatively with others on challenging tasks • Maintain a record of their explorations & • Demonstrate their learning against clear standards in a variety of media, All with the close support of Adult Mentors & Guides
What’s happening with personalization? H. Johnston, www.middleweb.com
Pareto's Principle - The 80-20 Rule • The 80/20 Rule means that in anything a few (20 percent) are vital and many(80 percent) are trivial. • e.g. Project Managers know that 20 percent of the work (the first 10 percent and the last 10 percent) consume 80 percent of your time and resources.
What are we saying… • There is not a tremendous amount that needs to be changed… the personalization and two-way communication is what is vital when working with disaffected learners!