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What Does Student Engagement Look Like? Engagement. . .it’s another one of those words that’s regularly bandied about in higher education.

What Does Student Engagement Look Like?

We talk about it like we know what it means and we do, sort of. It’s just that when a word or idea is so widely used, thinking about it often stops and that’s what I think has happened with engagement. We know that engagement is an essential part of learning. For years, folks have correctly pointed out that the term “active learning” is redundant. When learning’s the game, you’ve got to be on the field, actively engaged. The engaged student vs. the compliant student.

The engaged student knows exactly why they are doing what they are doing while the compliant student is unable to connect the learning to anything meaningful.

The engaged student vs. the compliant student

The engaged student is asking questions while the compliant student is simply receiving instructions and direction from the teacher. The engaged student is focused on learning while the compliant student wants to know how many points the activity is worth. The engaged student is able to track, monitor, and self-evaluate their learning while the compliant student is reliant upon the teacher to know where he/she is with their learning.

The engaged student is making connections to the material and information beyond the four walls of the classroom while the compliant student is unable to see beyond the actual task itself. The engaged student doesn't have time to misbehave or make poor choices while the compliant student is one turn of the back by the teacher away from making a poor decision. How To Ensure Students Are Actively Engaged and Not Just Compliant. Engagement is a crucial part of learning, but ensuring students are actively engaged is more complex than whether a student is paying attention or not.

How To Ensure Students Are Actively Engaged and Not Just Compliant

As technology has made its way into the classroom many educators describe how attentive students are when on devices, but a quiet, outwardly behaved student is not the same thing as one that is truly engaged. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: The Do’s and Don’ts of Giving an Effective Presentation. April 8, 2017 When it comes to presentations, no matter what industry you’re in, creating that first impression and providing a presentation that will win over your audience comes with its pressures.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: The Do’s and Don’ts of Giving an Effective Presentation

Standing in front of that audience and involving them in what you’re saying is important in the success of any presentation. If you have great content, your presentation has a great starting point for success and will help to give you confidence as a presenter. The content of your slides will set the scene of your presentation, where the words used really do matter. You also need to take into consideration all three elements of physical communication when presenting – words, tone of voice and body language.

With the right preparation and the right attitude, you can channel your nerves and improve your confidence. Why Understanding These Four Types of Mistakes Can Help Us Learn. By Eduardo Briceño This article was first published in the Mindset Works newsletter.

Why Understanding These Four Types of Mistakes Can Help Us Learn

We can deepen our own and our students’ understanding of mistakes, which are not all created equal, and are not always desirable. After all, our ability to manage and learn from mistakes is not fixed. We can improve it. Enliven Class Discussions With Gallery Walks. Students routinely talking with each other should be a staple in classrooms.

Enliven Class Discussions With Gallery Walks

We know this as teachers. Social development theory (and I’m sure plenty of your own observational data) backs up the benefits of it. Regardless of age, we know students need time with their peers to share, discuss, grab new ideas, build on ones they already have, and reflect. They can do this in pairs or triads, and it only takes a few minutes. However, if we want our classrooms to be truly student centered, then our students also need to be sharing—and teaching each other—in much grander ways than just pair and share. Gallery walks get students up and out of their chairs and actively engaging with the content and each other. Published poemsHistorical imagesThought-provoking statementsHot-button topics. Untitled. How to Approach Your Teaching Like a Master Chef. Listen to my interview with John Stevens and Matt Vaudrey, or read a full transcript here.

How to Approach Your Teaching Like a Master Chef

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 51:23 — 70.9MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | If you’ve been looking for a boost of inspiration lately, something to help you engage students deeply and make your teaching fun again, then I have just the book for you: The Classroom Chef, by Matt Vaudrey and John Stevens. Here’s the premise: If we want our lessons to have a long-lasting impact on our students, if we want to make our content really relevant, we need to design instruction the way a chef orchestrates a good meal, from appetizer all the way to dessert.

We Grow by Embracing Our Teaching Mistakes. A MiddleWeb Blog What do you do when your lesson doesn’t go as planned?

We Grow by Embracing Our Teaching Mistakes

When do you chalk it up to circumstances – a lesson interrupted by an assembly or a schedule change, a technology failure, or simply a bad classroom dynamic that day? When do you just admit that the problem is you? These aren’t easy questions, and as a veteran teacher, I still struggle against the urge to just ignore a wobble and reinvent the wheel each year. When a unit isn’t stellar, I usually want to just plan something else for the next time I teach this content. Questions Before Answers: What Drives a Great Lesson? Recently, I was looking through my bookshelves and discovered an entire shelf of instruction books that came with software I had previously purchased.

Questions Before Answers: What Drives a Great Lesson?

Yes, there was a time when software was bought in stores, not downloaded. Upon closer examination of these instruction books, I noticed that many of them were for computers and software that I no longer use or even own. More importantly, most were still in shrink-wrap, never opened. I recalled that when I bought software, I just put the disk into the computer and never looked at the book. Six Ways to Successfully Build Relationships with Your Students.

By Rachael George It is all about relationships when it comes to education.

Six Ways to Successfully Build Relationships with Your Students

This is probably something that you have heard a million times, but have you really stopped to think about the true effect relationships have on your students? Study after study has shown that a classroom teacher is the number one contributor to student achievement, even above the parent, peers, the entire school, or poverty. Edutopia. Understanding Differentiated Instruction Summer DI Readings List: 150+ Seedlings for Growing Stronger Learners: Browse a bountiful reading list as you plan your garden of differentiated-instruction methods and strategies for the year.

Six Ways to Successfully Build Relationships with Your Students. Edutopia. Professional learning communities bring benefits for teachers, students. Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching. From Creative Schools by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica, published April 21, 2015, by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright by Ken Robinson, 2015. Creative Teaching Let me say a few words about creativity. I’ve written a lot about this theme in other publications. Rather than test your patience here with repetition of those ideas, let me refer you to them if you have a special interest.

It’s sometimes said that creativity cannot be defined. 5 Engaging Uses for Letters in Your Classroom. The idea of writing a business letter with a class may elicit eye rolls and under-the-breath scoffs of "Oh, that old chestnut! " from many a contemporary teacher. But if we desire to lead classrooms where we value reflective thought and carefully crafted words, letters can be a surprisingly rich genre to explore. Whether it's a letter that you write to your students or a letter that your students send, here are five first-class strategies that address key skills and envelop your students in learning. 1. How To Help Every Child Fulfil Their Potential. 10 things students experience every day at school that we educators tend to forget about... So, just recently I was challenged by our middle school principal, Ty Crain.

The challenge was simple... come be a student at the middle school for an entire day. This would mean starting the day at school at breakfast and following a schedule throughout the entire day just like any student would. What the Heck is Inquiry-Based Learning? Inquiry-based learning is more than asking a student what he or she wants to know. It’s about triggering curiosity. And activating a student’s curiosity is, I would argue, a far more important and complex goal than the objective of mere information delivery. Nevertheless, despite its complexity, inquiry-based learning can be somehow easier on teachers, too. True, it’s seemingly easier because it transfers some responsibilities from teachers to students, but it’s really easier because releasing authority engages students. 4 Approaches to Building Positive Community in Any Classroom. Building positive community starts with the first day of school -- actually, it starts beforehand.

Education Week. Encourage critical thinking by turning your class into a Socratic Seminar. Open Space Technology: Decision by Inclusion. The first time I heard of Open Space Technology was in 2013 at the initial meeting of the Teacher Resistance and Action Network, a group of teachers and education practitioners who had gathered under the guidance of Dr. Why Teachers Should Experiment and Fail. Why Teachers Should Experiment and Fail Ongoing, embedded professional development is critical to developing and supporting innovative, networked and connected classrooms. There is much research outlining the ineffectiveness of the one-size-fits-all approach that does not engage or inspire experimentation and critical learning.

What Doesn't Work When Evaluating Teachers. Learn Teach Lead Radio. A 4-Part System for Getting to Know Your Students. The biggest paradigm shift in my teaching career was the day I found out one of my students was homeless. Robert was talkative, academically average, fooled around a little too much. Some weeks he turned in good work, and other times he didn’t. Rewarding behavior is key to parenting teens, study suggests. Parenting is hard, and parenting teens brings about an entirely new set of challenges, from keeping their rooms clean to getting them home before curfew. But, a new study suggests parents who want their teenagers to keep their grades up could have better success if they focus more on rewarding good behavior and less on threatening to punish the bad. Getty Images British researchers have found that adolescents focus well on positive incentives, but have difficulty staying motivated to avoid penalties.

According to the report, published in PLOS Computational Biology, British researchers have found that adolescents focus well on positive incentives, but have difficulty staying motivated to avoid penalties. The study shows that teens and adults learn in different ways, according to the study's lead author Stefano Palminteri, a researcher with the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London. Growth Mindset Lesson Resources. Three Effective Techniques for Brainstorming Ideas.

One of the most important skills for succeeding in school and in the workplace is coming up with new and creative ideas. A Collection of Resources for Teaching Social Justice. .@SirKenRobinson #creativeschools #education #teaching #learning #creativity #school #students thx @ColinMc1ntosh. 5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners. 10 Things About Childhood Trauma Every Teacher Needs to Know. SXSWedu’s Opening Keynote, Temple Grandin, Revisits ‘Learning Styles’ Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain.

A doctor’s plea: Restore recess in metro Atlanta schools. The Jigsaw Method. How Guessing Games Help Kids Solve Math Problems. How Parents and Teachers Can Work Together For Powerful Learning Outcomes. 10 Solutions for Students Who Fidget in the Classroom. Children today are suffering a severe deficit of play. Video and Professional Development: The Power of Observation. 'Energizers' activate Mendota Heights middle school classrooms. COMICS IN THE CLASSROOM: How one Wissahickon teacher uses comic books to connect with his students - Ambler Gazette.

Using the Rule of Three for Learning. Differentiated Instruction: A Primer. It's time to take a long, hard look at the critical role of #recess in our schools. What local and global problems can our students solve? How can they make the world a better place? #edchat. Getting Smart on Teachers as Collaborative Curriculum Designers.

To Help Students Learn, Engage the Emotions. A Nobel Laureate's Education Plea: Revolutionize Teaching : NPR Ed. When Was the Last Time You Wrote a Positive Note Home to Parents? Five qualities of transformative VLCs. How to Get Past Negativity Bias in Order to Hardwire Positive Experiences. How to Stop Yelling at Your Students. Virtual Classrooms: A Vision of the Future of Teacher Training. Waiting is the Hardest (and Best) Part. Report: Teacher Prep Reform Gets It Way Wrong. Panel: Ditch Grades Now, Focus on Student Learning. How To Get Students Working Effectively In Groups. “Children, be quiet and watch your lesson” 5 features of poor teacher education.

6 Essentials for Educators. Should moral reasoning be taught in K-12? Why young kids need less class time — and more play time — at school. 5 Alternatives to Think-Pair-Share for Classroom Discussion. Literacy in the Digital Age: Five Sites With High-Quality Informational Text. Encourage students to value questions above answers #inquiry @edutopia. How One Teacher Champions Student Reflection with Technology and Public Speaking.

Students Explore the Earth and Beyond with Virtual Field Trips. On praise by @yaymath SmartBlogs. OECD: Teacher Professionalism Needs Improvement Worldwide. 11 Ideas to Make Grading & Feedback More Kid-Friendly. The Future of Education Demands More Questions, Not Answers. Growth Mindset Lesson Resources. How to Bring ‘More Beautiful’ Questions Back to School. Forbes Welcome. Enter into the Research. Vulnerability = Online Teacher Leadership. The Poisonous Mythology of Grittiness. Data on teacher prep grads will soon lead to consequences for some programs. Knock Knock, Teacher's Here: The Power Of Home Visits. Rigor Made Easy: 3 Ways to Go Deeper with Students. Know what your students need and want. What Do Students Think Of Your Class? Some Excellent TED Talks and Books on Forming Better Habits. The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have.

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