Why it Works
The biggest strength of the Generation Text Online approach is the simplicity of the program. It addresses many of the mean, negative, hurtful, disrespectful and intolerant behavior your school community is experiencing and equips everyone with strategies for success.
Gen Text allows your school community to be intentional in providing a learning environment that is accepting, tolerant, respectful and supportive.
Our approach has a very specific train the trainer implementation plan that was designed around creating a positive and supportive school culture that is sustainable and systemic.
Gen Text provides administrators the common vocabulary and strategies to implement with their staff in order to allow staff to model this approach to their students. We believe in the motto, Don’t tell me, Show me and Involve me.
We must take a proactive approach to providing a culturally proficient school culture and provide learners with the tools to successfully communicate and collaborate with others. Prevention of school dropouts, absenteeism and violence requires and depends upon a proactive approach that can be infused into every day teaching and learning.
Learning is a constant. We must provide our students with consistent learning opportunities that address their everyday problems. Unlike more complicated systems, you will see results of learning and shifting of culture on day one of implementing the Gen Text program.
The Generation Text Online provides each teacher a system that works not just in a controlled environment but in a real life classroom. Our approach provides immediate evidence which supports teacher buy in. Learning is a constant. We must provide our students with consistent learning opportunities that address their everyday problems.
2. COMMON SENSE
We equip teachers, administrators, and parents with a common vocabulary and common strategies which, used consistently, result in successful student outcomes. LEARNING IS DONE BY THE LEARNER. For learning and changes in how one things and makes choices to take place, instruction must be SIMPLE, REPETITIVE and CONSISTENT.
Break it down. Relate it to real-life situations. Encourage critical thinking.
Many teachers are good at focusing on classroom culture in the first month of the school year, but by month 4, most of these exercises are no longer practiced.
Behavior is much easier to manage if the rules are consistent across the various situations students encounter each day. During the school day, teachers need to be using consistent language and strategies for creating a positive culture. Administrators must back those up, and parents need to understand and support the system as well.
3. 21ST CENTURY TEACHING AND LEARNING STRATEGIES
21st century global skills prepare students to lead and compete in a global world. The Generation Text framework enables student to engage in their learning, think at a deeper level, use critical thinking skills and think their way out of problems rather than reacting. Student participation is key.
The main source of knowledge in the classroom should not be the teacher. The teacher is a facilitator – actively guiding the students as they gather information on their own and make sense of it.
Society today has people collaborating across the globe, so students need to learn how to collaborate with others. In dynamic situations, students need to learn how to recognize the different strengths and talents each person can bring to a project, and change roles depending on those attributes.
Students need to understand how the skills they are building can be applied in their every day lives. They will be much more motivated to learn something in which they see value.
Preparing students to be responsible citizens requires that they understand what a responsible citizen is. Through modeling behavior and encouraging students to participate in activities that help their communities we can show students the value of helping others and protecting the environment.
4. NOT ONE-SIZE FITS ALL
Every teacher has a different level of experience with classroom culture and 21st Century Learning strategies. Generation Text tailors its program to the specific needs of each teacher.
These teachers do classroom culture and climate really well!! The Generation Text approach will help them tweak their language and help them to continue to do what they do best.
These teachers do some things to provide a positive and supportive classroom culture, some of the time. Generation Text will guide them with a plan for intentional implementation. As the teachers get more consistent, results will become more apparent.
NEW OR STRUGGLING
These teachers need direct interventions. Generation Text will help them master the building blocks of a positive and supportive culture. After working with Generation Text, you’ll see a significant upswing in providing a positive and supportive school culture and student outcomes.