Protocol Overview and Instructions:
The Ottawa Area Intermediate School District’s (OAISD) futurePREP Program is the strategic implementation of our community’s
vision that all students need (1) to graduate with two “transcripts” . . . academic skills and career readiness skills . . . and (2) a system
for measuring their progress toward those goals, and (3) robust opportunities to attain them.
Skills for Success Protocol Instructions
I created a google form to send out to our students at HFBL and see what their current thoughts/ ideas about active listening were. Now that I have an idea of what they currently believe and are doing I am able to have individual discussions with students on what Active Listening is and how to improve this. We did an empathy map for two hypothetical students at HFBL
I think the two students that contributed to the activity thought about the student and placed themselves in the students shoes and practiced empathy and thought deeply from two views. I think it was an interesting activity because the actual students that did the empathy map tend to be on both sides of the map of a student that struggles with communication/ listening and can also excel with communication as well. Overall I felt like the students liked having a break from their core classes and were able to think in a creative/ imaginative way. A challenge that we have at HFBL is that 99% of our students are behind in their course work and need to catch up. I feel like we do a lot of life teaching, but that is typically outside of our curriculum and it is difficult to have authentic conversation when activities are planned for our students.
"I find it to stay still when I am supposed to listen so I use fidget toys/ rings.” “I need to have interactive instruction to truly grasp the material or I need to have previous knowledge/ interest to actively listen."
Meet the Educator:
Social Studies Teacher- Hamilton Flexible Blended Learning: 7 years
"I love giving students ownership of their learning through the design/creative thinking process. It is powerful and rewarding when as an educator you can step back and see real world skills come into play while learning at the same time."