The mission of Generation Text Online is to guide your school or organization in 21st Century Teaching and Learning strategies in the following areas:
Cultural Responsive Classroom
School Culture and Climate
Citizenship in a 21st Century Learning Environment
Cyber bullying / bullying
Classroom Management in a 21st Century Context
Relationships – How to build and maintain relationships for effective collaboration and communication
Character Education/Ethical Decision Making
Our approach is simple and straightforward. The mission is to guide your organization to addresses the specific role of each person within the organization: school administrators, teachers, school counselors and students. By guiding staff in age appropriate and position focused routines and habits, each individual will learn the tools they need to contribute to a positive, respectful and culturally responsive culture in their school building. The Generation Text Online framework empowers the individual by focusing on each person's own actions and reactions and how those words and behaviors effect the people around them!
Why is our approach effective?
In order for administrators and teaching staff to apply this approach in their school buildings and classrooms, in congruent with the interactive and engaging professional development training and classroom coaching, Generation Text Online provides an online resource called Developing a 21st Century Student available 24/7. This online resource includes resources specific for 21st Century Learners: videos of real life scenarios, hands on activities and relationship building activities to assist in applying the approach of our program in their own school or company.
We provide a combination of onsite and online professional development to guide each person and department within your organization to understand how their actions and reactions affect the climate and culture in a school building or workplace. Our professional development is ongoing with monthly professional learning communities and classroom coaching. The professional development provides assessment tools in order to allow the teaching staff and students' understanding of the strategies and therefore ability to apply within everyday interactions. The structure for school-wide implementation is turn-key and requires teachers to mentor each other. The framework includes a parent and community engagement component.
See a glimpse of our workshop and how we teach solutions:
Our Keys to Success
The key to the success of our program is based on 8 Essential Questions. These 8 Questions were developed as a guideline for 21st Century Learners to think on a different level from their normal standards. These questions allow for the individual to ask themselves very specific questions in order to focus on the effects of their words, actions and online posts. We guide 21st Century Learners to focus on empathy and the devastating effects of mean, negative, hurtful behaviors on others, whether it be online or in a off line situation. Our approach uses role playing and using real life examples to connect with each person and to empower each person in your school to begin the steps of creating a social movement of nice, positive and supportive behaviors...using a grass roots approach!
Our approach provides strategies that require staff and students to exercise critical thinking skills in order to develop a solution for each situation. At Generation Text Online our approach aligns itself with the theory that we can not control any other person's behavior. We understand 21st Century learners and we use inquiry based instruction and a kinestetic learning style. Each lesson begins with a video, screenshot or online article that depicts a real life situation. Throughout each of the lessons, role play is used to allow each student and staff to "experience" common situations that they are exposed to and experience on a daily basis and practice the principals of the program, based on those 8 Essential Questions.
Generation Text Online works directly with administrators, supervisors and teaching staff in order to guide them on teaching styles that are effective with today's youth. Our program provides CCCS lessons and assessment tools that allow for each participant to measure their understanding of the approach of our program. Staff and students respond extremely well to the video library and online resources that present solutions easy for kids to implement in their everyday lives.
Kids' brains are literally "wired" differently than adults. It is imperative that our teaching methods are effective for the 21st Century learner.
How Do We Define 21st Century Teaching and Learning?
The term "21st-Century skills" is generally used to refer to certain core competencies such as collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving that advocates believe schools need to teach to help students thrive in today's world. (1)
21st Century kids' brains are literally “wired” differently than those of their parents and teachers. “Using the ‘Five Cs’ to engage a 21st Century student is imperative. As educators we prepare students for this new global society; teaching both core content subjects such as math, social studies, the arts, as well as social and emotional skills which all must be enhanced by incorporating competence, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.” (2)
At Generation Text Online, we understand that a 21st Century educational curriculum must include the 5 C's; competence, critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity. We realize that in order for the students to learn to APPLY our principles, techniques and strategies, when they are faced with real life cyberbullying, mean behavior from others and when they fall victim to the improper use of technology, they must seriously understand the impact that these problems have on them now and in the future. Our curriculum is a process by which we offer the necessary tools, to the student, in order to help them navigate through life. The curriculum is specifically designed to teach and enhance communication skills by asking specific and relevant questions and by encouraging teachers and staff to listen and evaluate the student’s responses. Critical questioning and highly skilled listening are two of the key components to the success of the student. Our lessons enable the student to reenact situations in the classroom which simulate problems in the real world. These simple, but highly imperative strategies help the 21st Century student internalize the 5 C’s with complete understanding of the lesson’s objectives in a fun, yet educational delivery.
This methodology provides opportunities for students to become competent users of technology, to collaborate by finding solutions together in groups and in pairs, in the classroom and in the community. Our lessons use creativity to engage students and challenge them in the new venue, namely technology. The lessons focus on building knowledge and implementing strategies, which require students to use critical thinking skills, while providing them with the opportunities to reflect upon problem solving in a new way. By using the 5 C’s students will increase their intelligence, higher level thinking skills, reflective thought processes and will have a better advantage of achieving success in today’s world.
How will we evaluate our teaching methods and ensure that the student is making progress?
At the completion of the 15 lessons, educators will reflect upon these questions;
1. Did the student understand the objective clearly?
2. Will the student be able to easily employ the knowledge that was taught during or after the lesson?
3. Is the student going to be secure and safe using the knowledge outside of the classroom?
4. Will your classroom function more efficiently due to the atmosphere you created after the lessons?
5. Will the students be able to retrieve the Generation Text language to solve problems and conflicts when the teacher is not present?
6. Will you feel confident that the student has the tool box to navigate life’s hills and valleys?
7. Will you be 100% satisfied that you delivered this fun and educational curriculum easily and professionally?
By using Generation Text On line’s lessons, the answer to all of the questions will be YES!
Generation Text Online uses the communication tools that kids respond to….humor, videos and text talk. Generation Text Online guides a school district to adopt and implement the tools to create a “safe environment” in each school setting, including the classrooms, the hallways, the bathrooms, the buses, the playgrounds and the bike rack!
Our program involves the students in the process, empowering them to teach and mentor younger kids and their peers. We hold them accountable for their actions and give them positive reinforcement for standing up and protecting their peers. Generation Text Online is helping to teach this generation appropriate, safe online behavior…one school district at a time!