Leading Students to Success in School file:///C:/Users/Owner/Downloads/Open-to-learning_Conversations_Background_Paper_In(1).pdf A few short excerpts that I hope will gain your interest and will…
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Leading Students to Success in School
A few short excerpts that I hope will gain your interest and willingness to read and consider the whole 12 page document! You may find it helpful to start with this 5 minute video:
“The model of communication that informs this module is that of “Open-to-learning” conversations. At the heart of the model is the value of openness to learning – learning about the quality of the thinking and information that we use when making judgments about what is happening, why and what to do about it. An open-to-learning conversation, therefore, is one in which this value is evident in how people think and talk…. …Leaders may want to address what they see as a performance issue yet believe they can not do so without running an unacceptable risk of increased stress and conflict. In other words, they feel that they can not address the performance issues and maintain relationships with the staff member…”
“… The dilemma between concern for the person and for the task is irresolvable in both these examples, doc4-cooperation because the leader leaves no room for a shared or co-constructed evaluation of the reading programme.
In the soft sell strategy, the leader discourages debate by failure to disclose her evaluation of the reading programme. In the hard sell strategy, the leader discourages debate by assuming the truth of her views. Neither strategy will produce the type of conversation that is necessary to reach a principled agreement about the quality of the programme and about whether change is needed….”
“When leaders seek to impose their views rather than invite debate and co-construction,
they face the dilemma of how to do so without creating negative emotional reactions. The key to resolving this dilemma is not, as we have seen, to hide one’s own views in the hope that the other party will express what the leader is reluctant to disclose….”
“Guiding Values Key Strategies
- Increase the Validity of Information • Information includes thoughts, opinions, reasoning, inferences and feelings
- Disclose the reasoning that leads to your views
- Provide examples and illustrations of your views • Treat own views as hypotheses rather than taken for granted truths
- Seek feedback and disconfirmation
- Increase Respect • Treat others as well intentioned, as interested in learning and as capable of contributing to your own….
- Increase Commitment • Foster ownership of decisions through transparent and shared processes,,,,”
13 Jan 2017 Leave a comment
One of my favorite resources on Literacy is The TextProject. Here is a recent post on word/vocabulary learning. Putting words in context build background knowledge and gives kids something to tal…
13 Jan 2017 2 Comments
One of my favorite resources on Literacy is The TextProject. Here is a recent post on word/vocabulary learning. Putting words in context build background knowledge and gives kids something to talk about.
The Text Project and Resources on Words (Vocabulary Learning)
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Stories of Words aims to develop students’ interest in interesting words (e.g., snickerdoodles, terrapin, scuba). The texts in Stories of Words use the TExT model—the same model that underlies all TextProject products (e.g., FYI for Kids) and commercial products (e.g., QuickReads). That means that reading the texts also increases students’ exposure to the core vocabulary. Each book of the 12-volume series explores the vocabulary of a different topic such as food, movies, and acronyms.
Each topic falls into one of four methods of how words have been added to the English Language.
- Languages from other parts of the world.
- Themes that play a big part of our lives.
- Words that we’ve manipulated or reused to suit different needs.
- New words to describe new inventions or technological advances.
Here is one example from the Word “Flight.”
09 Jan 2017 Leave a comment
Up to this time, this blog has focused on language development and use by children. The idea was to focus on the ways in which children do and can develop the language skills that help them to be …
09 Jan 2017 Leave a comment
in Achievement Gap, Administrators, Adult Communcation, Advocacy, Classroom Teachers, Dialogue, Parents, Special Educators, Struggling Readers, Student Voices Tags: Adult Communication, school success
Up to this time, this blog has focused on language development and use by children. The idea was to focus on the ways in which children do and can develop the language skills that help them to be successful learners. There is a wealth of information “out there” as well an on this blog about ways to do this.
It is time for a new focus: the communication of adults that impacts children’s success in school and beyond. Teachers and parents talk about children and their success or lack of success in school, administrators and teachers talk about children, special educators and teachers talk about children. Support staff members and “outside” experts “communicate” about children and their success or lack of success in school. What do we know about how these “stakeholders” (is that the correct term?) talk to each/one another about children’s success in school? How much of their conversations address the reasons for children’s success or lack of success and what each adult does/can do to ensure that success.
I am going to start with a very brief video (4+ minutes) featuring an expert on adult communication about children’s success in school. I “found” this video when I googled the topic “open to learning.” Here is my starting point: exploring what this well respected expert has to say. More to follow.
Here is a follow-up video with more detail about “Open to learning communication.”