Four Variables of Adaptive Dimension

  • Environment (the where)
    • Strategies: Flexible groupings, Consistent, predictable and structured, Flexibility to respond to emerging needs, Students involved in decisions, Culture reflects that ALL students are valued & capable learners, Atmosphere that honors all worldviews, Healthy relationships of teachers, students and parents/guardians, Student voice and choice, Students accountable in fair and equitable way
  • Content (the what)
    • Strategies: Builds on students’ prior knowledge, Multiple resources at varying levels (including technology), Auditory and visual teaching tools, Provide interest-based resources, Flexible grouping (interest-based, ability), Manipulatives, hands-on exploration, Learning centres, task cards, Journal entries – learning splats, Open-ended mini-projects; Genius Hour, Relevant and credible resources that reflect learners, Inquiry learning, Use real-world connections, Games, storytelling, Assessment is key
  • Process (the how)
    • Variety of resources and learning tools to make sense of ideas and concepts through different pathways. Students need time to reflect & digest before moving on
      Strategies:Think-pair-share, Elbow buddies or turn & talk, Gallery walk/Carousel, Journaling, Tiered instruction, Experiential learning, Reading or literature circles, Learning centers, Flexible groupings, Manipulatives, hands-on, Interactive websites, CompactingMore time, less time, Assessment is key
  • Product (show what you know) 
    • Strategies: Make a chart or diagram, Write a letter, make a game, Participate in a simulation, Write a poem, do a photo essay, Metaphors/analogies, Devise a new recipe, Digital story, book talk, Visual representation, Design a structure, Demonstrations, Write a comic strip, cartoons, Performances, dramatization, Create a brochure, Conduct an interview, Write and perform a puppet show, Present a news report

Strength-Based Strategies

Presentation by Donna Nikiforuk

  • Seeing the greatness in every child…
  • Reclaiming youth – finding strengths in students.
  • Fair does not mean equal (we need to meet the needs of our students)
  •  Good Teacher Behaviour: calm, joking, offer to help, fairness, smiling, explaining, polite
  • Look for what the students have done right
  • ***Don’t ask why- Ask what happened***
  • Appeal to the inner child
  • Switch from rules to beliefs (What do we believe we need to have a good classroom – make a classroom believe board)
  • CIRCLE OF COURAGE (belonging, mastery, independence, generosity)
  • Respond to students needs rather than reacting to the problems
  • Don’t get into a power struggle
  • Ways to help students belong: okay to make mistakes and fix it, help students be the best they can be, allow “do-overs”, is this helping or hurting someone?, follow up- what can we do to make it better
  • *language is everything*
  • “you are valuable”
  • Hurt people, Hurt people
  • Give kids opportunities to find their gifts
  • “caught ya” bin – get your names entered when you do a good thing
  • 5 needs: survival, belonging, fun, freedom and power
  • ***be the teacher students can count on***