<![CDATA[Ms. Alvarado's Digital Portfolio - The Global Achievement Gap by Tony Wagner]]>Fri, 22 Jan 2016 04:06:51 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Essential Survival Skills for the 21st Century]]>Wed, 08 Oct 2014 04:31:55 GMThttp://rvlearns.weebly.com/the-global-achievement-gap-by-tony-wagner/essential-survival-skills
Ms. Alvarado's 7 essential survival skills for the 21st Century
              1. Perseverance- higher order thinking skills and sound reasoning in order to solve problems
              2. Leadership- work with others and self-direction
              3. Empathy- cross-cultural understanding and self-reliance
              4. Creativity and Innovation- producing high quality work
              5. Adaptability and Flexibility- reflection, motivation and open-mindedness
              6. Digital-Age Literacy- technology, multicultural and global awareness
              7. Effective Communication- understanding and communicating ideas
  • This school year, I can commit to having my students be leaders who persevere who can demonstrate creativity and effective communication. Teaching students to be empathetic and become adaptable is a bit difficult to imbed in my class. However, I have set an expectation for students to become technology, multicultural and globally aware of various resources to communicate with leaders from other classrooms via Skype and connecting the culture of our school at Riverview that values all cultures and languages, especially English, Spanish and Mandarin. 
  • I will be able to measure the implementation of these essential skills through formal assessments in the classroom. For example, the use of accountable talk will ensure students are using effective communication. Each student at Riverview Elementary School has a leadership role, so my students must ensure they meet their responsibilities each day. Students are asked various questions and one form of perseverance is the method of Design Thinking. Design Thinking allows students to understand, create and deliver their ideas by solving a problem by creating a prototype. 
<![CDATA[App Slam- Class Dojo]]>Wed, 08 Oct 2014 04:18:20 GMThttp://rvlearns.weebly.com/the-global-achievement-gap-by-tony-wagner/app-slam-class-dojo
Class Dojo is a behavior management tool for classroom teachers. Each student has their own avatar to which teachers can assign positive or needs work points (or dojo points) throughout the day. 
<![CDATA[Schoology ]]>Wed, 08 Oct 2014 01:11:10 GMThttp://rvlearns.weebly.com/the-global-achievement-gap-by-tony-wagner/app-slam-schoology-101
Schoology is not your typical learning management system (LMS). Schoology is an innovative social network that makes it easy to create and share academic content and school-related information to teachers, students and parents. My school site, Riverview Language Academy utilizes this tool for effective communication with all members of the RV team. 
<![CDATA[The Global Achievement Ch. 3 and 4]]>Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:14:58 GMThttp://rvlearns.weebly.com/the-global-achievement-gap-by-tony-wagner/the-global-achievement-ch-3-and-4
Chapter 4 focuses on how to make teacher and administrative preparation meaningful, teacher preparation should be more constructive feedback based on classroom observations and collaborative work with grade level peers to ensure they have a common focus aligned to rigorous expectations. 

Reinvent the culture with the three R’s
o   Rigor (higher level thinking expectations based on Common Core Standards)
o   Relevance (information and lessons are current and relevant to data to ensure students needs are being addressed)
o   Relationships (allowing colleagues to have a positive relationship to provide feedback to become a confident educator)

Connection: My first year teaching 4th grade, my administrator in Chula Vista, provided consistent feedback and walk throughs to improve my behavior management and ensure my students were being accountable of their own learning. Through his continuous guidance as a novice teacher, he provided the support and strategies to help my instruction become more effective and efficient. As a result, due to his high level of expectations, I developed into a teacher that set clear and high expectations. Therefore, it is an essential part of professional development to have constant feedback from other colleagues based on Chapter 4.  
Chapter 3 focused on student testing, engagement and rigor. These topics captured my attention as a learner and educator because I created a goal to focus on student engagement, academic conversations and collaboration and rigor to assess students straights and needs. 

The PISA test were opened ended task that questioned skills and knowledge instead of the traditional multiple choice questions that did not provide further information about a students. In addition, in Ch. 3, our goal is to create more complex and open ended tests that demand  real thinking and deeper understanding of concepts for the 21st century. 

I come to realize my own experience in high school, in which I was enrolled in 5 AP classes all throughput high school, thinking that I was being prepared for college. I was wrong, and I enrolled into remedial math and English based on my AP experience of memorization. Therefore, I agree with USA Today article (2006)  stated that success on AP exams is not a good predictor of success in comparable college course and lack depth of understanding. I could recite dates and places, and formulas, but could not explain or understand the events in  a deeper level. As a result, students should not become intuitive test takers, but students need to explore the questions like inquiry based learning. With alignment of "Habits of Mind" college success  include  “intellectual openness; inquisitiveness; analysis, reasoning, argumentation and proof with textual evidence, precision and accuracy (math skills) and problem solving with the overall academic skill of writing and research. 
Rigor means being able to ask the right questions, bot just memorization of vocabulary and learning at a fast pace & have the right answer, it’s about arriving to the answer, the process which takes critical thinking skills. 

Student motivation and top out rate are linked together in the United States; therefore, we should crate a more meaningful and accountable environment for teacher and students. which they find more engaging and thought provoking. 


Tony Wagner - Overcoming the Global Achievement Gap. (2010, December 13). Retrieved September 28, 2014, from http://youtu.be/D3gpjjIOqHA

Wagner, T. (2010). Global Achievement Gap : Why Even Our Best Schools Don't Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need--and What We Can Do about It. New York, NY, USA: Basic Books. Retrieved from http://www.ebrary.com

<![CDATA[The Global Achievement Ch. 1 and 2]]>Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:13:27 GMThttp://rvlearns.weebly.com/the-global-achievement-gap-by-tony-wagner/the-global-achievement-ch-1-and-2 ]]><![CDATA[The Global Achievement Gap]]>Sun, 21 Sep 2014 04:48:25 GMThttp://rvlearns.weebly.com/the-global-achievement-gap-by-tony-wagner/the-global-achievement-gapPicture
Tony Wagner states the importance of changing our concepts from old school to new school. In new school, students must have the ability to become 21st century learners in order to survive in the global expectations and competitiveness through the use of problem solving, creativity, empathy, and effective communication through leadership. 

As I read the chapters, it was an affirmation of my own teachings in my class and school site. The teachers, administration, support staff and students follow "The Seven Habits of Effective People." These habits allow student to become better leaders and similarly aligned to Wagner's Seven Survival Skills. 

The video, "7 Skills Students need for their Future" Wagner states the importance of each skill and continued to reassure that each day, teachers must allow students to explore and become critical thinkers who can listen and communicate effectively, which also aligned to the new Common Core State Standards expectations. 

Wagner, T. (2008). Reinventing the Education Profession. The global achievement gap: Why even our best schools don't teach the new survival skills our children need -- and what we can do about it. New York: Basic Books.

<![CDATA[Rethinking Education]]>Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:12:22 GMThttp://rvlearns.weebly.com/the-global-achievement-gap-by-tony-wagner/rethinking-educationI have become a fan of Michael Wesch. His video, "Rethinking Education," explains how the world wide web has exponentially increased with individuals who add or edit information by utilizing Web 2.0 tools like Wikipedia. The video shifts my belief of education because it allows any individual to build their own learning by exploring Youtube or Google. They can be able to read books from the Library of Congress. In addition, blogs can allow people to share their own opinion about topics, while Wikipedia allows individuals to have a peer discussion about the information added to a Wikipedia search. As an educator of elementary students, this shift in learning and exploring on the tip of your fingertips, will make me alert that my current students could know more then I knew at their age based on the information available on Google, Wikipeadia, Blogs, Diigo, twitter, and the list goes on. It shocks me because  students will become intrinsic learners and seek to find deeper knowledge their own exploration. 

Futhermore, Michael Wesch has provided is the positive insight of ever growing learning and exploring. However, in his second video, TEDxNYED, he explained that although new media can be hopeful it can also be negative.  For instance, the internet provides people freedom to speak, but with the cost of privacy or security.  "Mass participation can lead to mass distraction." With this in mind, I have been guilty in straying away from my own personal learning. This will create a challenge for my students, since they can easily be distracted from other's opinions on blogs, or misinformed from the reality of a situation. Learning and exploring cannot be in isolation it must be aligned, but teaching students to focus and be open minded while various comments can diverge them into the wrong direction. 

<![CDATA[Knowledge-ABLE]]>Sun, 14 Sep 2014 06:05:15 GMThttp://rvlearns.weebly.com/the-global-achievement-gap-by-tony-wagner/knowledge-able

Ubiquitous.  Ubiquitous. Ubiquitous. 
Michael Wesch's theory is innovative and engaging for the audience. I completely agree with Wesch's theory and I would be able to use multiple devices to connect, organize, share, collect, collaborate, and publish. 
Students should be ABLE to find sort, analyze, create and connect with others. As an educator, it would be a disservice to do nothing and not teach my students on how to explore their voice and be significant in the evolving world placed with various information. In addition, I would allow my students to post blogs on Schoology to introduce their own ideas with their peers. Then slowly integrating various apps to form their voice, then ultimately allow them to share their knowledge on Youtube. Overall, his message was accurate and depicts the path our students should be heading with the expectations of communication and collaborations of the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. 

Wesch, M. (2014). TEDxKC - Michael Wesch - From Knowledgeable to Knowledge-AbleYouTube. Retrieved 11 September 2014, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeaAHv4UTI8#t=80

<![CDATA[Visitor or a Resident of the Internet?]]>Sun, 14 Sep 2014 06:03:22 GMThttp://rvlearns.weebly.com/the-global-achievement-gap-by-tony-wagner/visitor-or-a-resident-of-the-internetDave White's video Are You a Visitor or a Resident of the Internet? states that people can either be a visitor or resident of the internet. A resident sees the internet as a "social space" were people are actively engaged. Visitors use the internet for gathering information, use the information, then leave the internet. They have limited personal connection and engagement. Therefore, I completely agree wit this theory. 

I am a resident of internet, when you create an interactive lifestyle on Facebook, Instagram and twitter. In addition, I provide comments and purchase on various teaching ideas from TeacherPayTeachers, TpT. I am able to purchase for the site then provide to review. In addition, I provide various reviews for restaurants and places on Yelp. I comment on the blogs from teachers who share their resources.

Furthermore, the usage of Pinterest. I am able to add and comment on various innovative ideas for teachers. I sell my brand of myself by utilizing Instagram and share personal information about myself. For instance, I share information about my personal identity, my family and my hobbies. By taking and leaving my identity on the internet defines me as a resident. I am able to share my ideas and opinions about various topics. 

As an educator, I can ask the question to the students and I will learn that most of my students are residents of internet, which means that technology has a close relationship and apart of their daily routine. Therefor, as an educator it would be a disservice to my students to now utilize the internet with engaging social space. 

White, D. (2013). Visitors and ResidentsYouTube. Retrieved 11 September 2014, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sFBadv04eY#t=1083

<![CDATA["Why School?"]]>Fri, 12 Sep 2014 03:02:01 GMThttp://rvlearns.weebly.com/the-global-achievement-gap-by-tony-wagner/why-school
Based on the readings from Will Richardson’s Why School? eReader, I agreed that a shift towards new School Reform should be evident in all classrooms. The author argues that as educators and society must change the current learning and "put kids best interest first."

Last year, I was able to individualize and meet the needs of my students, whose parents fortunately had the opportunity to access the internet on their personal devices. This opportunity and support allowed me to share information that would scaffold the student's learning with parents and other colleagues. 

In addition, I was able to explore the process of Design Thinking which allowed the students to explore their own learning and closely related to the Next Generation Science Standards. My students created a solar panel oven to heat their snacks and share their insight with the peers in other grade levels. The experience allowed them to share their discovery with a selective audience. 

The unlearning/relearning idea that I might need more development on would be becoming a master learner in the case stated "the world doesn't care what you know. What the world cares about is what you can do with what you know." Any individual can read and learn various topic, but a true master learner utilizes the knowledge and builds a foundation to share his/her learning to make our society or world a better place. My goal would be to ignite the intrinsic yearning to further deepen their understand and continue to explore.  

Richardson, W. (2012) Why School: Why Education Must Change When Learning and Information are Everywhere. Retrieved 11 September 2014 from http://www.amazon.com/Why-School-Education-Information-Everywhere-ebook/dp/B00998J5YQ