David Evans

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About me

I am thrilled to be working with a great group of (younger) Fellows and learning new technology as I embark on the Pace journey. 

I am a native Hoosier, and worked in NYC as a talent agent for many years before transitioning to education as a paraprofessional in Fairfield County, CT, where I currently reside. 

I look forward to to working and learning from you all!

David Evans

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    • David Evans
      David Evans commented on the blog Classroom Management Review
      Nicole, this is an excellent summary of the readings.  These are well articulated ideals to strive for, and for me, it is good to have these "in your hip pocket" when unpredictable challenges do come up and magnify why having set...
      • David Evans
        Reflections on Chapter 7:  Classroom Management and the Learning Environment This chapter provided important information in a concise fashion that covers most aspects of successful class management, including physical layout of desks and...
        • David Evans
          David Evans commented on the blog Reflections on Motivation,
          Dr. Ardito: In answer to your question, our expectations for students dealing with understanding their own capabilities and limitations are different for each situation.  The example I cited above from the Education Psychology reading was...
          • David Evans
            Thank you both...As Yajaira mentioned, the yoga on video with students stretching together quietly has been an effective way to start the day. 
            • David Evans
              Reflection on Chunk 3: motivation in my classroom While reviewing my notes, and thinking about which of the theories and practices I read about might be effective in my teaching practice, I looked again at the article by Reeve, John M. and...
                • Yajaira Gonzalez
                  Yajaira Gonzalez

                  I like your idea about calming rituals.... I think the "get ready to learn" yoga video we do in class really helps students to relax in class. I will definitely try that when I get my own class too.

                  • Nicole Bailey
                    Nicole Bailey

                    Very insightful thoughts David, I particularly enjoyed reading about the "5 Simple Motivation Techniques" that I think are essential in creating an atmosphere or setting for students to appreciate learning and engaging. I will definitely employ some of those techniques in my own classroom when teaching.

                    • David Evans
                      David Evans

                      Thank you both...As Yajaira mentioned, the yoga on video with students stretching together quietly has been an effective way to start the day. 

                    • David Evans
                      Dr. Ardito: With each passing day, I do see more of these flashes of student driven intrinsic motivation.  Watching my lead teacher, who is very effective, swing the dialogue and questioning to the students, and having them rely on each...
                      • David Evans
                        David Evans commented on the blog Motivation Chunk 2
                        Ellen, this is quite fascinating.  After reading your piece, I find it interesting that boys are more performance oriented than girls, who learn more for mastery and thus are more intrinsically motivated, particularly on the elementary level (I...
                        • David Evans
                          Reflections: SDT chunk due 10-29-17 Article 1:  Deci, Edward, Ryan, Richard, and Williams, Geoffrey, (1996) “Need Satisfaction and the Self-Regulation of Learning.” Learning and Individual Differences, Volume 8, Number 3,...
                            • Gerald Ardito
                              Gerald Ardito

                              David,

                              Once again, your work here is very thorough and thoughtful.

                              And I believe you have asked the $64 million question:

                              The goals of student driven learning are still difficult for me to see working consistently in my own personal and in my teaching experience...although there are flashes of it from time to time. I haven't achieved the experience or skill to know how to run, on a consistent basis, a class of special education students and do my best to encourage them to "drive the bus" and take ownership of their happiness and intrinsic motivations to learn for learning's sake.  

                              In my experience, I have found that students can take ownership when given the chance, but the reservations on both sides (teachers and students) can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

                              • David Evans
                                David Evans

                                Dr. Ardito:

                                With each passing day, I do see more of these flashes of student driven intrinsic motivation.  Watching my lead teacher, who is very effective, swing the dialogue and questioning to the students, and having them rely on each other for help (and for developing the ability to formulate their own questions on the text being studied (this is an ELA class) is very helpful.  The kids are motivated to learn more about character traits and motivations, and it's great to see their growth.  To your last point, there are numerous obstacles and behaviors that, most (but not all!) of the time, can be left at the door when the students jump into the work and leave their troubles behind for forty-five minutes. Assigning students jobs and responsibilities is a gradual and effective means of motivating them toward a sense of control and ownership; we are still working out the kinks on that.  Also, designing the right kind of timely, rigorous, differentiated yet doable assignments for them during class is a creative challenge and work in progress.  But we are motivated to make it happen!