The Knowledge is Power Program, commonly known as KIPP, is a network of free open-enrollment college-preparatory schools in low income communities throughout the United States. Their motto – Work Hard. Be Nice. I think we can look at that as a positioning statement for our school. KIPP schools work from 8 to 8. Had asked Nidhi to take a FDP two years ago on the KIPP book – that I had mailed her. Here are her key points:
- A teacher should have enthusiasm and focus; dedication and belief; the class should be lively
- Longer school days help
- Homework should be sacrosanct; A 24 * 7 HW Phone helpline helps
- Chants, music and slogans enliven the classroom
Teaching Ideas from KIPP Schools
How do we make a school a religion?
How do we expand our schools without losing the personal touch or quality?
Are our expectations from students high enough?
How many of our students will go to college?
What are commitments made by PTP: teachers, students, parents?
Teach your passions
Using standardized tests to benchmark our students
Instilling Student Pride through the Classroom. Posters that Inspire.
Bulls Eye leverage – selling the resume addition of teaching to the Bulls Eye student.
Getting music and song into the class. Does music help in Math?
Fill in the blanks: All children _____ learn
Open Air Lessons
Extra time for students – teachers can work in shifts
The deliberate mistake to check class attention
Reward systems for students
Local Field Trips; Field trips as rewards
Check film: Stand and Deliver
Sneetches by Dr Suess, Polar Express
What do we do with habitual late comers?
Making students do Homework
Student management: If you can’t play with the big dogs, stay on the Porch; The Stare; The conversations; You can’t walk by a fight.
How can our students become activists in civic causes?