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The Clarity Series: Creating Passionate Learners

The Clarity Series: Creating Passionate Learners
Engaging Today's Students for Tomorrow's World

  • Kim Brown - Director of Learning, Oshkosh Area School District
  • Tony Frontier - Assistant Professor, Doctoral Leadership Studies, Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI
  • Donald J. Viegut - Agency Administrator, CESA #8-Northeast Wisconsin

Foreword by Dr. Russell J. Quaglia

August 2015 | 224 pages | Corwin

Increase student engagement and create passionate learners. 

The path that leads a student to drop out of school is typically long, with engagement fading each year until the student stops attending. 

Clearly, increasing student engagement is the key to halting this sequence. But lack of consensus on the definition of “engagement” makes this difficult. 

What schools need is a common engagement literacy – a simple yet nuanced understanding of how to maximize engagement. 

This book offers the first comprehensive system for defining engagement and optimizing it in any student cohort. Inside, you’ll learn:

  • How to improve teacher feedback methods for maximum engagement
  • The power of mindset (for both educators and students). 
  • Key vocabulary terms for furthering the engagement process.

With this book, you can block the path to dropping out and create a community of passionate learners.

Foreword by Dr. Russell J. Quaglia
About the Authors
1. An Introduction to Creating Passionate Learners
The Educational Anachronism

Beyond the Next Mandate

The Intent of Policies and the Ensuing Debates

Assumptions Driving the Current Context

An Alternate Premise: A Humanist Approach to Education and Cognitivist Approaches to Learning

From Past Practice to Next Practice: New Assumptions for Schools in the 21st Century

2. Committing to Engagement Literacy
Test Scores Tell Only Part of the Story

In Search of Something More

Defining Student Engagement

Why Engagement is Important

Mistaking Compliance for Engagement

A More Nuanced Viewed: Types of Student Engagement

Engagement as Malleable: Classrooms and Schools Matter

3. The Power of Mindset

Power of Effort

Leveraging Mindset

Changing our Mental Models About Mindset to Affect Student Engagement

Efficiency for Adults and Effectiveness for Students

Making Learner Psychology Relevant

Migrating from a Fixed to a Growth Mindset

The Implications of Growth Mindset for Emotional, Behavioral, and Cognitive Engagement

The Importance of Dispositions

Dispositions: Now and in the Future

Dispositions Nested in the Framework for Creating Passionate Learners

Growth Mindset Dispositions

Classroom Strategies for Strengthening Student Dispositions

How Growth Mindset Supports Passionate Learners

4. Internal Dialogue: Reengage Learners Using Teacher Feedback
Internal Dialogue

Use Positive Suppositions to Influence Students’ Views of Themselves and Translate to Confidence in the Classroom

Develop Students’ Internal Dialogue by Using Language Intentionally

Efficacy Through Deliberate Language

Using Careful Feedback to Aid in Students’ Reflection

Valuing Student Voice in Feedback

Formative Assessment and Formative Feedback Strategies

When Students Self-Correct

The Implications of Internal Dialogue for Emotional, Behavioral, and Cognitive Engagement

Internal Dialogue Dispositions

How Internal Dialogue Supports Passionate Learners

5. Self-Determination
Self-Determination Theory

Differences Between Autonomy Supportive and Controlling Teachers

The Implications of Self-Determination for Emotional, Behavioral, and Cognitive Engagement

Self-Determination Dispositions

Self-Determination Through the Teacher’s Eyes

How Self-Determination Support Passionate Learners

6. Classroom Culture: Setting the Tone for Engagement
Culture Defined

A Culture of Purpose and Commitment to Support Cognitive Engagement

Cognitive Engagement as a Culture of Learning or a Culture of Performance?

Cognitive Engagement as a Culture of Inquiry or a Culture of Right Answers?

A Culture of Purpose and Commitment to Support Emotional Engagement

Emotional Engagement as a Culture of Judging or a Culture of Understanding?

Emotional Engagement as a Culture of Me or We?

A Culture of Purpose to Support Behavioral Engagement

Behavioral Engagement in a Culture of Compliance or Authenticity?

Behavioral Engagement as a Culture of Low Expectations or Expertise?

Passion Deflators

The Teacher Whisperer

Culture Dispositions

How Culture Support Passionate Learners

7. High-Leverage Reforms
Student Engagement as the Filter for High-Leverage Reform

Case Studies: Transactional and Transformational

Considerations and Implications in Determining High-Leverage Reform Strategies

8. Leading the Transformation for Creating Passionate Learners
Planning for Transformational Change and the System Work of School Leaders

Transformational Leadership in Action

Influencing a Heightened Leader Commitment to Student Engagement

Guiding Leaders' Focus on Student Engagement

Appendix: Effort Tracker

Sample Materials & Chapters



Chapter 1

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