Chapter 6: Establishing Alliance in the Learning Partnership
Teachers often try to shield students from the reality of their performance issues. Instead, they give off non-verbal clues that result in the student losing hope. Instead students gain learned helplessness, a skill that will continue to see them unable to meet expectations. Instead a teacher must validate where a student is and provide them hope for overcoming this challenge. As an ally, the teacher does the work with the student, challenging him/her to reach and even exceed their goals. Ms. Hammond outlines three critical parts to becoming an ally.
Chapter 7: Shifting Academic Mindset in the Learning Partnership
Our mindset becomes an automated recording of our believes inside the limbic system and directly ties into our safety-danger programming. This tells other parts of our brain how to respond... do we zone out or lean into this lesson? The question then becomes how do we help our students overcome their current script to recreate one that allows for growth.
Chapter 8: Information Processing to Build Intellective Capacity
The brain goes through a 3 stage process: input, elaboration and application. The information is taken in (input). The brain then decides if it is important enough to keep or if it should be discarded. If kept (elaboration), the brain then ties this to previous information gathered (schema). The last step is application, the brain then uses this information to either do something or as an aid to start the process over and collect more information. In the classroom, we use the process of Ignite, Chunk, Chew, and Review to help take our learners from dependent to independent.
Read Chapters 6-8. Answer the questions posed above. Join us on Instagram for the discussion this week about each of these chapters. Share how ideas on how this will affect your classroom. What resources do you use and recommend to others?
Remember, the information I shared above is just a few highlights from the book that spoke to me. What you take away can (should) be different. Feel free to share any of your thoughts, ask your own questions, and make this study yours!
Until Next Time,
Hi! My name is Misty. I am a 6th Grade ELA Teacher, Mama of 5, and author of The Path to Passionate Teaching.