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Starting With Strengths: The Stories We Build #edfling



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Keynote presentation given at the Spring Fling British Columbia Teachers Federation North-Central Zone Conference in Prince George, BC. Stories shape who we are. How a focus on strengths and confidence along with conditions for engagement can change the stories of our students. (note the title slide photo is from Ben Ishaque

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Starting With Strengths: The Stories We Build #edfling

  1. Starting With Strengths: The Stories We Build Educational Spring Fling BCTF North Central Annual Conference April 4, 2014 Chris Wejr @chriswejr
  2. Who IS this guy?
  3. "I come to you humbly not to tell you what to do on your journey but to share with you what I have learned on mine” Wab Kinew cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by Thompson Rivers University:
  4. What Matters
  5. What is YOUR story?
  6. Stories about ourselves Video:
  7. We teach who we are. Parker Palmer
  8. Our stories shape who we are
  9. Stories Strengths Interests Confidence Engagement
  10. “We don’t know who we can be… until we know what we can do” -- Sir Ken Robinson
  11. BC’s Education Plan
  12. The Stories of our Students
  13. The Story of Amy CC Image from Don Kennedy
  14. Is our students’ work both a reflection of who THEY are and what WE want them to do? CCimagefromBradFlickinger
  15. Exploring who they are… creating their stories CC Image by Wonderlane
  16. Agassiz Centre for Educatio n New Stories From Vancouver Sun
  17. Blog:
  18. STRENGTHS d e f i c i t s
  19. CC Image: Each child has a gift... We need to see and nurture these gifts so they emerge and flourish throughout an individual’s life -- Lorna Williams
  20. Our students’ strengths are not carrots to be dangled to get them to comply… they are valuable resources to be tapped and embedded in their learning. CC Image from ChrisCook04
  21. What we see… Depends on what we look CCImagebyRyanHaddad
  22. The power of a student- designed curriculum Lifestyles PE cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by Boston Public Library:
  23. Changing the stories
  24. Winnersand Losers? Rethink how we honour cc licensed ( BY ND ) flickr photo by lee:
  26. “To shift a cycle from decline to success, leaders must restore people’s confidence” --Rosabeth Moss Kanter
  27. Back up to where they are… and get em on a winning streak Tom Schimmer CC Image by US Army Garrison Red Cloud
  28. CC Image by Paul Tomlin : Make it worth the effort.
  29. Got grit? CC Image from az Resiliency craves confidence…
  30. Created by Krissy Venosdale
  31. Change the streak. Change the story. CC Image by Ladyvee9
  32. ENGAGEMENT changing the stories
  33. “We cannot motivate others… we can only work to create the conditions for people to motivate themselves.” -- Image:
  34. Students do not want learning made easy, they want it to mean something. They want to feel something, to be moved by what they learn. They want to connect deeply with things that matter and they want the chance to make a difference. Canadian Education Association
  35. Student Voice • More interactivity • More choice and flexibility • More relevance • Care • Passion Via ThoughtStream
  36. classes with students in them… or teaching students that are in our classes? CC Image by Cybrarian77
  37. Exploring Interests Through CHOICES
  38. Innovation Day Photo from Josh Stumpenhorst
  39. Inquiry "When there is space for kids to create, connect, explore - magic happens” Neil Stephenson CC Image by Linus Bohman
  40. “Wonder Wall” via Kathy Rice
  41. Project-Based Learning CC Image by Judy Baxter
  42. Passion Projects @_MrsBarb
  43. Be More Random Video from Naryn Searcy
  44. CHANGE
  45. Reflect. Tap into your strengths. Tap into our students’ strengths. Start change with one thing… Now. cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by Rita M.:
  46. Try something new. Take a risk. Do it.
  47. cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by Andrea Hernandez:
  48. The Strength of Dom
  49. Create the conditions. Be designers of learning. Neil Stephenson CC Image by Frank Wuestefeld
  50. Thank you!
  51. Connect With Me @chriswejr