Presentation by Thomas Hoerr (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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New City School, St. Louis, MO
Facilitated dialogue format.
Question: If you weren't here, what would you be doing back at your home setting right now? (8 am on a Friday)
- Dealing with school bus issues
- Answering emails
- In meeting talking to a faculty member
- Doing something with students
- Dealing with upset parent
Question: Which students are successful at your school, and how do you know it?
- Demonstrated college readiness (ACT?)
- Definitely not course grades (at least not by themselves and not if they are disconnected from learning standards)
- Completion of first year of college
- State assessments
- Formative assessment
- School attendance and participation in activities and events
- Smile quotient
- School climate says to you, "This is the place you want to be."
Question: Are there differences between success in school and success in life?
- Can students apply in life what they learn in school?
- Can students solve problems and learn without teacher involvement?
- School and real life are very different
- Some students figure out the "system" of schooling but don't necessarily figure out the system of life
- Becoming independent in thinking and learning
- Kids need to hear more about real life from outsiders while in school
- Technology restrictions in schools don't mirror real life
- Students not given opportunity to provide input in how schools are run
- Tom Hoerr: Too often success in school is considered the 'ceiling' instead of the 'floor.'"
- Not enough schools are having this conversation in staff meetings or even in the teachers' lounge
- Tom Hoerr: Schools are not assessing student growth for success in real life. Stuck on standardized tests.
- Student surveys and focus groups
- Demonstration in outside activities such as internships, community service, mentorships, leadership programs, etc