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Title: This We Believe


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This We Believe
  • Patti Kinney
  • NMSA President-Elect
  • Principal, Talent Middle School
  • PO Box 359/102 Christian Ave.
  • Talent, OR 97540
  • 541-535-1552
  • patti.kinney_at_phoenix.k12.or.us

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Key Generalizations About Young Adolescents
  • Early adolescence is a distinctive developmental
    stage of life.
  • The accelerated physical and personal development
    that occurs during this period is the greatest in
    the human life cycle and is marked by great
    variance in both timing and rate of growth.
  • These are the years during which each individual
    forms his/her adult personality, basic values,
    and attitudesthose things that determine ones
    behavior.
  • They seek autonomy and independence. They are by
    nature explorers, curious and adventuresome and
    can be sensitive, vulnerable, and emotional.
  • They learn best through interaction and
    activities rather than by listening.

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Key Generalizations cont
  • They seek interaction with adults and
    opportunities to engage in activities that are
    relevant and meaningful to them, their families,
    and communities.
  • They are open to influence by the significant
    others in their lives.
  • Adolescents reach physical maturity at an earlier
    age than their grandparents, and they acquire
    apparent sophistication earlier than in previous
    generations.
  • The general public has limited understanding of
    10- to 15-year-olds.

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School Culture
  • If we attempt to implement reforms but fail to
    engage the culture of a school, nothing will
    change.
  • Sylvester Sarason

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Indicators of an Unhealthy School Culture
  • Low performance is blamed on students and parents
  • No connection is seen between teaching and
    learning
  • Underachievement is rationalized
  • Staff is unwilling to collaborate and is
    resistant to change
  • Little involvement with parents - especially
    parents of minority students
  • Discipline is punitive - not rooted in values

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Successful schools for young adolescents are
characterized by a culture that includes
  • Educators who value working with this age group
    and are prepared to do so.
  • Courageous, collaborative leadership.
  • A shared vision that guides decisions.
  • An inviting, supportive, and safe environment.
  • High expectations for every member of the
    learning community.
  • Students and teachers engaged in active learning.
  • An adult advocate for every student.
  • School-initiated family and community
    partnerships.

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Therefore, successful schools for
young adolescents provide
  • Curriculum that is relevant, challenging,
    integrative, and exploratory.
  • Multiple learning and teaching approaches that
    respond to their diversity.
  • Assessment and evaluation programs that promote
    quality learning.
  • Organizational structures that support meaningful
    relationships and learning.
  • School-wide efforts and policies that foster
    health, wellness, and safety.
  • Multifaceted guidance and support services.

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NMSA has identified 14 school practices and
cultural characteristics that, when consistently
integrated and fully implemented, create
successful schools for young adolescents.
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NMSA has identified 14 school practices and
cultural characteristics that, when consistently
integrated and fully implemented, create
successful schools for young adolescents.
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SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS FOR YOUNG ADOLESCENTS
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Creating a Culture of Literacy
  • Leadership The Key to Unlocking the Door to
    Literacy (courageous, collaborative leadership)
  • Assessment Driving the Program (assessment and
    evaluation programs that promote quality
    learning)
  • Professional Development The Recipe for Success
    (students and teachers engaged in active learning)

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Creating a Culture of Literacy
  • Highly Effective Teachers The Essential
    Ingredient of a Literacy Program (educators who
    value working with this age group and are
    prepared to do so)
  • Intervention Meeting the Needs of ALL Students
    (multiple learning and teaching approaches that
    respond to their diversity)

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Middle School Success Requires
  • Being firmly grounded in the reality of todays
    students
  • Being role models of risk-takers
  • Creating an inviting, safe environment for
    learning
  • Hard work and humor

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This I Believe
  • I have chosen to be a middle level educator,
    for I recognize that the years of early
    adolescence are pivotal and abound with
    individual potential and opportunity. Therefore,
    I will care for these students personally, listen
    to their voices, respect their concerns, and
    engage them in meaningful educational experiences
    that will prepare them for a promising future.

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I believe that every young adolescent...
  • has the capacity to learn, grow, and develop
    into a knowledgeable, reflective, caring,
    ethical, and contributing citizen.
  • must have access to the very best programs and
    practices a school can offer.
  • must be engaged in learning that is relevant,
    challenging, integrative, and exploratory.
  • thrives academically, socially, and emotionally
    in a democratic learning environment where trust
    and respect are paramount and where family and
    community are actively involved.
  • faces significant life choices and needs support
    in making wise and healthy decisions.
  • deserves educators who are prepared to work with
    this age group, who are themselves lifelong
    learners and committed to their own ongoing
    professional development and growth.

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I believe that every young adolescent...
  • has the capacity to learn, grow, and develop
    into a knowledgeable, reflective, caring,
    ethical, and contributing citizen.
  • must have access to the very best programs and
    practices a school can offer.
  • must be engaged in learning that is relevant,
    challenging, integrative, and exploratory.
  • thrives academically, socially, and emotionally
    in a democratic learning environment where trust
    and respect are paramount and where family and
    community are actively involved.
  • faces significant life choices and needs support
    in making wise and healthy decisions.
  • deserves educators who are prepared to work with
    this age group, who are themselves lifelong
    learners and committed to their own ongoing
    professional development and growth.

Therefore, I proudly dedicate myself to becoming
the best middle level educator I can be and an
active advocate for all young adolescents.
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The Parable of the Pencil Maker
  • The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just
    before putting it into the box, There are five
    things you need to know before I send you out
    into the world, he said. Always remember these
    five things, and youll be a great pencil.

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The Parable of the Pencil Maker
  • You are capable of many great things, but only if
    you allow yourself to be guided by someones hand
  • You will experience a painful sharpening from
    time to time, but youll need it to become a
    better pencil
  • You have the ability to correct the mistakes you
    make
  • The most important part of you will always be
    whats inside
  • On every surface where you are used, regardless
    of its condition, you must leave your mark.

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