Starting With Strengths: The Stories We Build

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Starting With Strengths: The Stories We Build Educational Spring Fling BCTF North Central Annual Conference April 4, 2014 Chris Wejr www.chriswejr.com @chriswejr

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Who IS this guy?

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"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: http://flickr.com/photos/thompsonrivers/8518479289/

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What Matters

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What is YOUR story?

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Stories about ourselves Video: http://vimeo.com/66058153

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We teach who we are. Parker Palmer

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Our stories shape who we are

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“We don’t know who we can be… until we know what we can do” -- Sir Ken Robinson

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BC’s Education Plan

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The Stories of our Students

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The Story of Amy CC Image from Don Kennedy https://flic.kr/p/bn4FAs

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Is our students’ work both a reflection of who THEY are and what WE want them to do? CC image from Brad Flickinger https://flic.kr/p/b9wDhg

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Exploring who they are… creating their stories CC Image by Wonderlane https://flic.kr/p/cDeCGs

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Agassiz Centre for Education New Stories From Vancouver Sun

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Blog: http://bit.ly/NrekwQ

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STRENGTHS deficits

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CC Image: http://flic.kr/p/bhvabR 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

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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 https://flic.kr/p/87cZ6L

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What we see… Depends on what we look for. CC Image by Ryan Haddad https://flic.kr/p/inZ5S

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The power of a student- designed curriculum Lifestyles PE cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by Boston Public Library: http://flickr.com/photos/boston_public_library/6198183420/

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Changing the stories http://youtu.be/mBZAFJ-Q6Mw

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Winners and Losers? Rethink how we honour cc licensed ( BY ND ) flickr photo by lee: http://flickr.com/photos/leecullivan/3948336553/

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“To shift a cycle from decline to success, leaders must restore people’s confidence” --Rosabeth Moss Kanter

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Back up to where they are… and get em on a winning streak Tom Schimmer CC Image by US Army Garrison Red Cloud https://flic.kr/p/jfcWi4

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CC Image by Paul Tomlin : http://flic.kr/p/bhvabR Make it worth the effort.

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Got grit? CC Image from az https://flic.kr/p/87VgbN Resiliency craves confidence…

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Created by Krissy Venosdale

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Change the streak. Change the story. CC Image by Ladyvee9 https://flic.kr/p/8dwV21

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ENGAGEMENT changing the stories

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“We cannot motivate others… we can only work to create the conditions for people to motivate themselves.” -- Edward Deci and Richard Ryan Image: http://flic.kr/p/8zWLAj

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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

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Student Voice More interactivity More choice and flexibility More relevance Care Passion Via ThoughtStream

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Teaching classes with students in them… or teaching students that are in our classes? CC Image by Cybrarian77 https://flic.kr/p/azj5bZ

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Exploring Interests Through CHOICES

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Innovation Day Photo from Josh Stumpenhorst

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Inquiry "When there is space for kids to create, connect, explore - magic happens” Neil Stephenson CC Image by Linus Bohman https://flic.kr/p/grtNE

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“Wonder Wall” via Kathy Rice

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Project-Based Learning CC Image by Judy Baxter https://flic.kr/p/dGFj5

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Passion Projects @_MrsBarb

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Be More Random Video from Naryn Searcy http://bit.ly/1hUGOJG

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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.: http://flickr.com/photos/fotorita/2031523502/

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Try something new. Take a risk. Do it. http://youtu.be/ZV_DKgb264E

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cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by Andrea Hernandez: http://flickr.com/photos/21847073@N05/5723911023/

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The Strength of Dom

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Create the conditions. Be designers of learning. Neil Stephenson CC Image by Frank Wuestefeld https://flic.kr/p/7yvVKy

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Thank you!

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