Transforming Learning through 21st Century Skills: The Who Took My Chalk? Model for Engaging You and Your Students / Edition 1

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Transforming Learning through 21st Century Skills: The Who Took My Chalk?™ Model for Engaging You and Your Students shows how to create 21st century learning environments and curriculum using the Who Took My Chalk?™ model for intentional change.

Offering workbook-style-pages and easy-to-read chapters, this book defines 21st century skills, discusses why we need to teach today’s students differently, and shows how to apply 21st century concepts in an education setting. Following an eight-step model, readers learn about change management, the impact of school culture, and goal-setting for school improvement. Classroom and school assessment tools are included, as well as strategies for overcoming roadblocks and gaining parental support. Filled with sample curriculum and modification strategies, this book is a must-read for any educator wishing to create intentional change in their classroom or school.

Provides a thorough understanding of 21st century skills and how they can be applied in the education setting–defines 21st century skills, discusses why we need to teach today's students differently, and focuses on how to create 21st century learning environments for students.

Uses the Who Took My Chalk?™ model as a method for creating change–includesan eight step model that begins with change management and focuses first on school culture and attitudes and then works outward to setting and achieving goals for school improvement.

Aligns teaching with the way today's students think, act and learn–discusses each generation in terms of how they learn, with a focus on millennials and Gen I in today's classrooms.

· Provides assessment tools for classrooms and for schools–helps readers measure the culture, environment and attitude in personal and school settings so it is easier to create change.

Outlines how to set goals, predict roadblocks and engage external and parental support–includespractical suggestions for attaining goals, improving communication and gaining support throughout the change process.

Includes examples of 21st century teaching/learning and steps for modifying/recreating curriculum units so they align with these skills–shows readers proven curriculum models and creates a deeper understanding of what 21st century skills look like in the classroom.

Offers workbook-style-pages and easy-to-read chapters–includes a final chapter that includes a format for a group book study.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Very readable and appropriate for k-12 teachers.

The tone and presentation was good and the material was conducive for k-12 educators.

I liked the content of the book; it appeared to be relevant and up to date with discussions I have had with colleagues in trainings I have conducted and conferences I have attended.

I would definitely recommend this book to my teachers in my district.

I appreciated the relevancy of current trends. As a technology professional development leader in my district and region, I found it reassuring that the same ideas I cover in my sessions were discussed in this book.

- Allen Martin, District Technology Resource Teacher, Bowling Green City Schools, Bowling Green, KY

The curriculum coaches at each school should read this book and plan PLC’s (Professional Learning Centers) with their teachers. I also think that principals should read this book and discuss it at their principal’s meetings.

These definitions should spark a lot of conversation at a faculty meeting or PLC.

I can see a teacher taking this book and reading it and applying the information by herself. She doesn’t need a group setting. Although this book would several teachers can come together to study the book at chapter at a time.

I like the author’s tone. It was like she was one of the teachers at a school discussing 21st century skills with some other teachers in the lounge.

The overall strength of this book is that it is written in a way so that it is easy to use alone or with a group. Who Took My Chalk? would be great to use with a Professional Learning Community (PLC).

- Jo Ann Brandenburg, Teacher, Hatcher Elementary, Ashland, KY

I thought the checklist for 21st century skills was excellent and found myself going through it with regard to my own teaching and classroom.

LOVE the SMART Goals....look forward to implementing in my own life and classroom.

LOVE the response styles and what AILS you...perfect for teachers to grasp and run with. I know I saw myself and colleagues in each description and appreciate the chance to understand my motivations and limitations a little better.

The Who Took My Chalk Model is powerful for making teachers want to embrace change and giving clear steps for establishing the kind of environment they want to have in their classroom and school.

I would recommend Who Took My Chalk? for its strong overview of the 21st century collaborative teaching model and for clearly laying out a model to make change happen on a personal or school-wide level.

This book is an excellent resource for teachers and I it caused me to reflect and think about my own teaching practices. To me, that is the mark of a good resource!

- Nancy Goodnight, AIG Facilitator/Teacher, Enochville Elementary School, China Grove, NC

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132563574
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 6/8/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,569,906
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lydotta M. Taylor is the founder and President of The EdVenture Group, an education-based organization that provides consulting, curriculum development and professional development services for individuals, leaders, educators, and businesses. She specializes in change management and leadership programs for education and business. She serves as a national facilitator for The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, an organization that promotes 21st century readiness for education, and will serve as the model classroom chairperson for the International Society for Technology in Education Conference in 2011. Taylor’s true passion is teaching, helping others, and sharing knowledge and successes with the business and education community. She is currently an adjunct professor for the West Virginia University Leadership Studies program, a position she has held for the last three years.

Jill M. Fratto is a Certified Professional Life Coach, accredited by the International Coach Federation, and the owner of Enlighten Consultant Services, Inc. Utilizing her diverse experience in coaching, business and education, she creates personal and professional development programs for organizations and individuals. Fratto earned her MBA from West Virginia University and her coaching certificate from The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). After receiving her certification, she served as a Director for iPEC in Atlanta, GA, instructing and developing individuals to become certified coaches. Fratto is passionate about her work in education, empowering teachers to create intentional change that results in positive outcomes for themselves and their students.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The World Is Changing

The World is Changing

The Disconnect….. the Classroom and the Student’s Outside World

Changing Times Drive Changing Student Needs

A Snapshot of the Generations

Why We Must Teach Them Differently

Using this Information for Your Cause

Chapter Summary and Reflections

Chapter 2: 21st Century Skills and a Model for Change

Defining 21st Century Skills

The P21 Framework

A 21st Century Classroom Assessment Tool

The Who Took My Chalk?™ Model

Chapter Summary and Reflections

Chapter 3: Recognize the Need or Desire to Change

Defining Change

Common School Scenarios that Call for Change

Positive Change Starts with a Positive Attitude

A Look at Our Fears

Making the Intention to Create Change

Chapter Summary and Reflections

Chapter 4: Assess Your School Culture and Environment

What is School Culture and Why is it so Important?

School Assessment

Chapter Summary and Reflections

Chapter 5: Set …and Achieve Goals

Address your Chalkboard of Impact

Visualize the End Result

Set Your Goals

Differentiate Long Term and Short Term Goals

Take Action

Achieve Your Goals

Chapter Summary and Reflections

Chapter 6. Communicate Clearly

Use Innovative Communication Skills to Coach and Facilitate

Determine How to Best Use Communication Skills

Utilize Multiple Media and Technologies

Chapter Summary and Reflections

Chapter 7: Predict Possible Roadblocks

Common Barriers to Change in Education

Response Styles to Change

Chapter Summary and Reflections

Chapter 8. Engage Support

Personal Accountability

External Support

Factoring Parents into the Change Process

Chapter Summary and Reflections

Chapter 9: Make It Real in Your Classrooms…Ideas for Student Engagement

Creating Relevance for Students

A Look at 21st Century Teaching and Learning in Practice

Get Your Creativity Flowing

Tie it all Together: Steps for Modifying and Recreating Curriculum Units

Continue Learning through Professional Development

Take Action — One Step at a Time

Celebrate Your Milestones and Successes

Chapter Summary and Reflections

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