PETEC 2011
Creating an Engaged, Motivated Classroom Culture
Christopher Tully, Stephanie Gregory, and Rick Black
Middle Bucks Institute of Technology

Middle Bucks Institute Technology (click name to see video)
Presenter: Christopher Tully (click name to see video)
Program: Multimedia Technology (click name to see video)

Playing "I Got a Feeling" as we entered the room
Taught "Cupid Shuffle" to get us up and moving
What is your role in your district?

Majority K-8 teachers

Teacher behavior impacts student achievement. Students need to see your interest.

He sets purpose, interest, clear expectations, high standards, accountability
Includes daily assessment (25% of grade)

He is there to facilitate their learning - show them how to learn

His population is 52% special needs such as student with headstick using Photoshop
Students don't get on computers for 6 weeks

3 year program with different career paths - keep interested once they cover their field of interest

Asks students, if you haven't had success, why not?

Holler back to "sleeping" students, then students respond with a "Whoa, whoa"

Students want to learn to have it stick with them.

He teaches applied math, reading, writing
Example - Ratio/proportion - determine aspect ratio and pixel height/width of a Quicktime movie to compress for the web

Purpose in Learning - test, project, marking period, year

Facilitating learning - Facilitator not a teacher
Showing interest
Starts with knowing students including learning styles

Learning Styles - visual, auditory, kinesthetic

Then applies:
Concrete sequential - study guides
Abstract sequential - independent learners, so class discussion, notes, lectures
Concrete random - creativity, hands-on
Abstract random - difficulty with details and directions, so group work

Here is a summary from the PETE&C Ning posted by Christopher Tully

Here is a quick review of the topics discussed:
1. In every class you should define the purpose, show interest in every student, set clear expectations, set high standards, and hold the students accountable.

2. In defining the purpose in learning use the SMART approach.
S - Be specific
M - Create concrete criteria for measuring progress
A - Be sure the goals are attainable
R - Create realistic projects
T - Set a timeframe to reach the goal

3. Effective teachers facilitate learning and show interest in each student in their class.

4. You should learn how your students learn before implementing curriculum. Understand each student's Gregorc learning style and discuss it with them.

5. Use Universal Access when implementing accommodations for students.

6. Infuse Individualized Learning and Differentiate Instruction.

7. Apply Challenge Based Leaning.

8. Remember that discipline should never be personal. Discuss the behaviors with your students using Restorative Practices.

If you would like to learn more information about the program or see more work from the students, please visit the following websites.