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Engaging Today’s Students. Based on the presentation by Michael McQueen. Michael McQueen:. The Nex Gen Group – www.TheNexgenGroup.com The New Rules of Engagement. Rule 1: Put Relationships First. “I don’t care how much you know until I know how much you care.” - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Engaging Todays Students

Engaging Todays StudentsBased on the presentation by Michael McQueenMichael McQueen:The Nex Gen Group www.TheNexgenGroup.comThe New Rules of Engagement

Rule 1: Put Relationships FirstI dont care how much you know until I know how much you care.Todays students learn teachers, not subjects.Relationships are the key for engaging this group of students.1. Be AuthenticWhen Gen Y detect the slightest hint of inauthenticity, hypocrisy or double standards, the shuttersIf you are aiming to connect with young people, vulnerability, honesty and self-deprecating humour will always go a long way.Must be vulnerable from a position of strength and not neediness or weakness. WHAT DOES THIS LOOK LIKE IN OUR CLASSROOMS?Discussion on my focus group from last year respect, be interested etc.

Activity How and when do they focus on building relationships? Differences between seniors and juniors is it because we make the relationship more two sided? Sharing egs and ideas42. Be InterestedTo build rapport with Gen Y the key is to be interested and impressed by them.Regularly try to discover something of interest or concern for each student and then make a personal commitment to ask them about it.Create an environment where conversations can start and naturally develop.How can this be done in your classroom small group discussion5Leverage events of shared interest e.g. movies, news etcEngage in two way conversations you need to share tooBe proactive in researching what your students are interested in.Investing time and energy will pay dividends.Rule 2: Use Matrix LearningMatrix learning aims to highlight the relevance and connectedness of learning to the real world.Asking Why? is not being challenging they are seeking relevance.Borrow examples from students own experiences, technology and popular culture.Bring in the outside world whenever possible or take them off site.Ideas on how this could occur with this terms program?7Rule 3: Focus on Outcomes Over ProcessGen Y are highly outcome driven.Be flexible in HOW they achieve the outcomes.Clearly articulate the outcome and then give them the flexibility, empowerment and permission to find their own way of achieving it.Focus on only the really important rules which ones are really worth the conflict, arguments etc? Which ones will ensure outcomes are completed effectively?Is your frustration with Gen Y more a result of your own process driven rules and expectations than the specific actions, decisions and attitudes of this group?What are the key concepts and outcomes you want them to achieve? What are the ways this could be achieved that are more student centred?8Rule 4: Adopt a Facilitator RoleThe Information Age has profoundly changed the nature and needs of young people.Teachers as the source of knowledge are becoming increasingly unnecessary.In the Information Age the challenge is to sift through the sea of information and create retained knowledge that is both relevant and connected.

Good Facilitators are Master-AskersNeed to know the right questions to ask.Need to teach the skill of learning how to learn.Avoid closed questionsStart questions with Who? What? Where? When? How?Dont ask Why?Ask one question at a timeNever ask loaded or leading questionsHow many actually plan the questions they will ask?10Ask questions with an enquiring, curious and interested tone.Never ridicule or dismiss a response.Answer a question with a question.Be genuine.Recognise that all questions have an impact.Reduce your expectations.Restorative QuestioningThis works well with students who are in conflictWhat happened?What were you thinking at the time?What have you thought about since?Who has been affected by what you have done? In what way?What do you think you need to do to make things right?Role Play?12Good Facilitators Give Space For Self-Directed LearningAs teachers we need to let go of the process of learning.Ask the right questions and then step back and let them go.Give them the space and silence to connect the dots for themselves.Answers that are readily given will tend to be dismissed as superficial, simple or nave.Questions that linger and allow for ambiguity and complexity connect powerfully with Gen Y.Good Facilitators Clarify What Has Been LearntWe need to make the learning explicit.Many young people are not fully aware of what skills they have.A good facilitator helps students retrace their steps and to point out what they have learnt and explain why this is valuable.This allows the student to see progress and development. This is key to keeping them motivated and engaged.Rule 5: Give Regular Positive FeedbackRecognition is that all powerful motivator that babies will cry for, grown men will die for and Gen Y will work for.Encouragement and affirmation is a fail-safe tool.Develop the skill of looking for and catching people doing the right thing and then responding well.

How many are regularly using the merit system? How many times in a lesson do you praise rather than criticise? Maybe do some class visits and observe each other?15Whale DonePraise immediately and in a sincere way.Be specific about what they did right or almost right.Share your positive feelings about what they did.Encourage them to keep up the good work.Affirm Publicly esp in Years 9 12.Affirm personally.Affirm proportionately to the achievement.Affirm practically.

Explain Whale Done16How To Give Critical FeedbackGet your emotions under control.Find a private place.Focus on the action, not on the person.Be specific.Be timely.Role Play situations17Be calm.Reaffirm your faith in the student.Stop talking.Define positive steps.Get over it.

Rule 6: Use Stories To Make Your PointWhen engaging Gen Y never underestimate the power of narrative.The best way to show a principle works is to place it into a context of experience through stories.Stories allow the listener to attach their own meaning.Need to design your content around stories.While young people resist your judgement they are very interested in your journey.How many do this? Where do you think you could include a story or two this term?19Telling Stories:Be authentic and honest.Be aware of sharing that is self indulgent and self serving.Aim to promote growth of understanding for shared experience.Tell stories pre-emptively. Be subtle and strategic.Dont read your experience into someone elses.Get to the point.Tell your own or other peoples stories.Share your failures and disappointments, not just your successes.Rule 7: Go for Commitment, not ComplianceGen Y doesnt respond well to compliance for compliance sake. Why should I? Just leads to confrontation and frustration.Commitment is categorised by opportunity, buy-in, motivators and outcomes.Need to emphasise the positive benefits of the desire response. Whats in it for me?What is in it for them noble as well as selfish reasons.