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    Tony Ryan
  6th October 2007
What you can expect
 • A good time!!
 • Lots of ideas on developing
  some inspiring classrooms
 • Various challenges to your
  own thinking
 The core premise

YOU are the key factor
   in the creation of
inspiring classrooms!!
 What about your own
engagement here today?

Use the Rubrics Key to assess the quality of
your own engagement in this workshop
Can you clarify some descriptors for
  Slack; and
    The Rubrics Key

              Poor effort       Sensational

                                Fully focused
Enthusiasm                       Contributing
             Not taking part
                                lots of ideas
Quality of     No meta-
                               analysing how
thinking      application
                                to use ideas
        Living A Full Life
•   Six domains to human existence?
    •   Physical / Social / Mental / Financial /
        Professional / Spiritual
•   Four steps to attaining quality practice
    •   What I presently do well
    •   What I‟d love to take further
    •   First steps
    •   Success Indicators
2nd Millenium Living   3rd Millenium Living

       A Job                  Work

   Focus on time       Focus on energy
    Avoid stress         Seek stress

 Focus on problems      Focus on solutions

    „Nice‟ culture      Demanding culture

                       Two-way / three-way
  One-way learning
    Neo-millenial classrooms will
•   A massive rethink on the application of
    neuroscience research and new learning
    perspectives (eg with theories such as
•   An alignment with the Web 2.0 environment
    (collaboration collaboration collaboration)
•   Adults (and students) who can engage in
    substantive high trust dialogue and ongoing
•   High energy and inspiration
Theories on thinking and

     Right here and now...

10-year-old children set up businesses online
8-year-old Chinese children develop World Of
Warcraft avatars, and then sell them online
Quadraplegics move their wheelchairs with their
own thinking
Toyota have spent over $1 million on advertising
in Second Life
   Making Connections
• Web 1.0 (one-way)
 • Internet banking
 • Most applications of Google and
• Web 2.0 (two-way)
 • YouTube
 • Facebook
 • Blogs / wikis
       Deeper applications of
        Web 1.0
  • Net banking                     Web 2.0
  • Most search                    •YouTube
  engines                          •MySpace
  • Amazon                        • Facebook
  • Wikipedia
                                   Web 4.0
         Web 3.0           • Everyday CyberLife
• Avatar synchronisation   • Download of entity onto
• Ubiquitous computing     Web2030
eg wearable technology     • Human / robot interface
                           • Walking brains
   Team Learning??
o Use collaborative learning strategies
  as often as possible (NB be aware of
  the difference between „groupwork‟
  and „cooperative learning‟)
o Generate a supportive classroom
o Explicitly teach social skills eg
  listening; encouraging
Generating a supportive
 c‟room environment
• Respect respect respect
• Help students to know more about each
• Some fun activities:
  • Social Venn diagrams
  • This Is My Life
  • 2 truths and 1 outrageous lie
  Learning a social
• 1. Draw up a T-Chart (Looks like / Sounds
  like), and write the name of the skill at the
  top eg Top Listening
• 2. Rolemodel the skill to the group
• 3. Clarify the specifics of the skill with the T-
• 4. Practise it immediately
   4 hot classroom hints on
     student „engagement‟
• 1. Focus on what is presently working; and do more of
• 2. Consistently offer the most engaging possible
  curriculum and pedagogy
• 3. Analyse the research on Net Gen; and then create
  learning experiences that reflect these findings
• 4. Integrate the use of computer games / simulations /
  contemporary ICT into curriculum delivery at every
Some upfront points on „engagement‟

• Are we talking about a
  20th C or a 21st C response
  to the „issue‟ of student
• What IS engagement? How do you
  know when a student is engaged?
• How engaged are YOU every day? (NB
  beware the concept of Shadow Self)
  Some critical points
Schools with good teacher-student
relationships, and with high expectations for
student success, have more engaged students
Technology by itself is not sufficient; the
interest level of the task also matters
One of the most important factors is that
students believe they can succeed
Teach them how to self-talk
 Chris Dede
                Baby Boomers       Generation X       Net Generation
(Harvard Uni)

Birth Dates      1946–1964          1965–1982            1982–1995

 Description    Me generation                            Millennials

                  Optimistic        Independent          Hopeful
                  Workaholic          Skeptical         Determined

                Responsibility       Freedom           Public activism
    Likes         Work ethic        Multitasking      Latest technology
                Can-do attitude   Work-life balance       Parents

                   Laziness           Red tape         Anything slow
                  Turning 50           Hype             Negativity
   Implications for Net Gen
• Inject some emotion into the learning
• Use visual reinforcement at every
• Give students time to process the
• Heighten the intellectual rigour
The ultimate „engagement‟?
• A fantastic unit of work!!
• An exemplar unit could include:
• 1. Authentic learning projects (or at least, an
  essential question)
• 2. Core understandings
• 3. HOT questions
• 4. Engaging classroom strategies
         1. Authentic learning
• ICT: Internet café in aged care home
• Science: School rubbish analysis
• Math: Analysing how a bicycle really works
• Integrative: Developing a Brain Policy for your
• Social Science: Travel Buddies
• English: Developing podcasts about a novel
• ICT: Digital folios
The need for     century21st

     solutions to??
• The influence of robotics?
• Applications of nanotechnology?
• Global warming?
• Active citizenship and local contribution?
• Specific global issues eg land mines? Access
  to drinking water?
2. Core Understandings
• What really do you want your
  students to understand by the end
  of the unit?
• ie KidSpeak for objectives
• Provide explicit displays of these
  Core Understandings (eg with
  prominent wall displays)
       3. HOT questions
• Eg ICT: Why are at least 90% of websites around
  the world written in English??
• Eg Minibeasts: How do wings work?
• Eg Local Study: Who really is the most influential
  person in our area? Why?
• Eg Design: Which toy would choose you?
• Eg Music: Why do most foreign countries write
  their hit songs in English?
• Eg Social Science: Was exploration the 19th
  century version of extreme sport?
Developing HOT questions
•   Choose a unit or area of study
•   Brainstorm a key question about the unit
    that would even „stretch‟ an adult
    • It must be a cognitive challenge
    • It must be relevant to the topic
    • It must be (one of) the most important
      possible question(s) about this topic
•   Then reframe it to suit the age group
•   Use this process 100s of times every week
• A unit on „Food For Thought‟:
• Essential Question
  How can I stay healthy?
• Unit Questions
  How do my eating habits affect my health and
  How do I plan a healthy, nutritious diet?
  What factors influence my food choices?
• Content Questions
  What is the food pyramid?
  What is the right number of calories for me?
              More Curriculum-
             Framing Questions

  •      Essential Question
How does literature help us better understand ourselves?
  •      Unit Question
How does Shakespeare still speak to a 21st century audience?
  •      Content Questions
* Who are the characters in Romeo and Juliet, and how do
they contribute to the deaths in the play?
* What is imagery, and what are some examples of how
Shakespeare uses imagery in Romeo and Juliet to present a
compelling and powerful message?
* What are the themes and issues in Romeo and Juliet that
are relevant to today?
        4. Engaging strategies
•   An explicit focus on thinking strategies such as
    –    Graphic organisers
    –    Decision matrices
    –    Rubrics
•   A consistent use of team learning strategies eg
    –    Expert Jigsaw
    –    Paired Interviews
    –    Academic Controversy
    –    Doughnut
    Adult brains love to be
   inspired and challenged
• We need a life and learning ethic, not
  a work ethic
• Gen Y teachers: “How can you help
  me to discover more about myself
  while I‟m working here?”
• High energy schools attract high
  achieving teachers
                • It‟s not hard work that
                  tires us out.
                • It‟s negative work that
 Quality    tires us out.

 schools  • People make energy
            choices in their lives:
have high • Energy creators
 energy    • Energy neutrals
           • Energy consumers
                   (Brighouse and Woods; cited
                   in Fullan, 2005)
     Energy Creators
• Are enthusiastic and always positive
• Use critical thinking, creativity and
• Stimulate and spark others
• Practise leadership at all levels
• Are able and willing to scrutinise their
• Wish to improve on their previous best
         Energy neutrals
• Competent sound practitioners
• Willing to address the task
• Good at „maintenance‟
• Sometimes uncomfortable accepting
  examination of their practice by others
• Capable of improving on their previous
  Energy consumers
• Have a negative view of the world
• Resent change and practice
    blocking strategies
• Use other people‟s time
• Not feel good about themselves
• Be able and unwilling to critically
    examine their teaching practice
•   Appear not to want to improve on their
    Physical                          Mental
 • Nutritional food           • Consistent focus on
 •Sufficient water              optimistic thoughts
• Regular exercise            • Meditative practices

          HIGH ENERGY
  • Having a deep purpose for your life
  • Believing in something greater than yourself
  • Experiencing the flow of achievement, every
      Your own energy?
• Q. Is it possible to be inspiring all of the
• Q. If the answer is NO, is it simply
  because we are resigned to our past
  neural pathways?
• Q. Which of the 3 energy groups are
  you in right now?
Strategies for supporting
     your learning?
                         • Learning Expos
• Learning Circles
                         • Teacher-led PL
• Blogs, chatrooms       • Rituals for sharing of
                           great practice
• Earlybird breakfasts
                         • Conferences (virtual,
• Reflective journals      real)
• Professional Buddy     • Credit card systems
  systems                • ??????????
         From here.....
• 1. What do you need to achieve?
• 2. What is happening now?
• 3. What could you do?
• 4. What will you do?
• 5. How and when will you do it?

• 6. How will you sustain success?
  • From “The Leadership Coaching Guide”
Further web options

          After today??
• Debrief on this workshop content with at least
  one other person by next Friday
• Personally revisit this info
  – One day from now
  – One week from now

• Include something (anything!!) new in your
  daily life for the next two weeks. Use a
  brightly coloured pen to write these ideas /
  changes in your diary.
• Find a life coach
  Make a difference
Q. How inspired are you by education?
The world needs you to know that you
make a difference
It gives you a purpose for your work
Remember the Ripple Effect
The power of everyday actions
Everyone?? Every One !!
         Wrapping Up
•   Your rubric??
•   A challenge for the next week: Stay
    solution-focused in every dialogue,
    without exception
•   May you continue to create energy in
    your schools and your life
•   Thank you!

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