NCMSA12: Closing Keynote with Dr. Bobb Darnell

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School Improvement
Dr. Bobb Darnell
bobbdarnell@mac.com
http://www.achievementstrategies.org

50s Sputnik – New Math, New Science…New Everything
60s Age of Aquarius…Feel good age
70s Back to Basics…behvorial objectives
80s Age of Assessments
90s Brain Research
2000 – NCLB, Data Driven Instruction, and now Common Core

Sharing Did You Know (STILL SURPRISED IF FOLKS HAVEN’T SEEN SOME VERSION OF THIS…)

Four things have changed…
1) Kids
     Shorter attention spans and visually preferred (showing Rocket Power clip…32 frames per second, nothing there longer than 2 seconds)
     Students hate to be bored…Bueller…Bueller??
     Wired for a certain kind of learning…SpongeBob uDraw as an example of what they are doing outside of school, and younger than middle school
     Immediate gratification
     Interactive and Hands-On
     Love Challenge and Are Curious
     Want to succeeed (win) using strategies, practice, and do-over…
     Kids will play a video game an average of 100 hours to “get good” at it…
2) Expectations
     For Teachers…Teacher Evaluation as an Olympic Event…
     For Administrators…walkthroughs…
    
3) PD
     LYNT – Last Year’s New Thing
     TYNT – This Year’s New Thing
     NYNT – Next Year’s New Thing
     Hot Topic Du Jour PD…leads to a need for change therapy…
     Now?? Marzano Classroom Instruction that Works…we know things that work…

4) Research about teaching and learning
     We know there are best practices…reading for information and analysis…Graphic Organizers 27% increase in learning…summary frames and templates…There are great practices for vocab, that are NOT word searches…Vary the Content, Vary the Process…I do, we do, I do, we do, I do, YOU do, Closure, Review…

Use optimatal learning time 7-10 minutes, and then have them apply
Use Graphic Organizers
Use short cycle-challenge and feedback
Create challenges

NCLB won’t go away…no president will say “Yeah, let’s leave a few kids behind”
Common Core…nothing in it is stuff that’s “brand new”…not in ELA, not in Math…
Yesterday…Help!…Highway to Hell….what’s your stress level about Common Core?

RTI-RTID (respond til I die)
PLC? PLC? M-O-U-S-E?

Hammer, Screwdriver, Hand Drill, Chisel, Saw…category? Tools…10 points
Washington, Lincoln Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Madison…Pres or Streets…10 points…another? sure, we’re winning
bed, chair, desk, sofa, dining table…furniture
Rose Sylvia, Harrriet, Pennie Caryl…girls names
Hardest one??? schematic association, metacognitive assimilation, synaptic neuropathic patterning, dendrite pruning, cerebreal dissonance…something about the brain DURING learning…
violin harp clarinet, banjo guitar…instruments…
Go back to hardest one…
pontiac oldsmobile hummer yugo plymouth…cars…going out of business…

Walt Disney…winding lines…we’re making progress…if the lines were straight no one would stand there…

across 7800 studies kids will make 37 points worth of improvement when giving specific feedback related to objectives.

KINDA SUPER SCATTERED…GOOD INFO, BUT VERY HARD TO TAKE DOWN SPECIFIC POINTS…LOTS ON THE SLIDES WITH LITTLE TO NO TIME TO READ ANY OF THEM…AT LEAST THERE WERE SOME SOLUTIONS OFFERED, JUST WISH I COULD HAVE READ A LOT OF THEM…PERHAPS PPT IS ONLINE…

GREAT CONFERENCE…WISH I HAD GOTTEN TO MORE SESSIONS…WE’RE GOING TO TRY AND HAVE SESSIONS IN THE SANDBOX NEXT YEAR…WE’LL SEE HOW IT GOES…

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