New Study: Engage Kids With 7x the Effect. In education literature, "engagement" is a linchpin word, routinely cited as essential.
Yet many experts offhandedly provide vague definitions of the term, or skip defining it altogether. So what exactly is engagement? It depends on whom you ask. In a survey of education majors, Shari Steadman and I found that preservice teachers often confuse compliance with engagement -- essentially flattening the meaning of the term. Creating a Culture of Inquiry. Inquiry is powerful.
It can create student ownership in the classroom. It can validate the passions and interests of our students. However, creating a culture of inquiry takes constant work. 5 Strategies for Reaching Disengaged Students. Dear Teachers, Here’s What Kids Who Learn Differently Want You to Know. Kids who learn differently and think differently have something to say to their teachers in a video created by Brain Highways, an educational program based on neuroplasticity — the concept that the brain has the ability to reorganize itself and change.
“I know it doesn’t always seem like it,” says a young boy in the video below, “but I really do want to listen and learn.” A young girl continues, “It’s just my brain is kind of different.” Brain Highways offers programs for people with a whole range of disabilities and learning differences, including ADHD, autism, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, depression and dyslexia. Programs are for families, teachers and even adults interested in learning how the brain can change. Student motivation: An adult problem with grown-up solutions. By Vinod Lobo, Learning Upgrade How can we motivate the lowest performing students in a school to complete a rigorous standards-based curriculum and move up to grade level proficiency?
Given the challenges of poverty, diversity, special needs, and English language learners, many have assumed that this is a student problem; that the lowest performing students cannot complete a challenging curriculum. Classroom Self-Persuasion. "The fox leapt high to grasp the grapes, but the delicious-looking fruit remained just out of reach of his snapping jaws.
After a few attempts the fox gave up and said to himself, 'These grapes are sour, and if I had some I would not eat them.' The fox changes his attitude to fit his behavior. " - Aesop’s Fables There is a general misconception that our beliefs are the cause of our actions. The 8 Minutes That Matter Most.
Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths. In third grade, my daughter struggled with problems like 36 x 12, and she knew her multiplication facts.
Fortunately, her math tutor recognized what was needed, and introduced the Lattice Method. For some educators, the Lattice Method is controversial. Just read some of the FB comments. After multiple failed attempts, this strategy made a difference for my daughter. 3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do. 5 Alternatives to Think-Pair-Share for Classroom Discussion. Editors Note: Originally this blog featured five alternates to think-pair-share in classroom discussion.
But the post was so popular we've added five more ideas below! Enjoy! 5 Ways of Bringing Student Passions to Student Learning. Exciting classes interest students.
These classes spark their curiosity. Sometimes, the learning here feels like play. A school may not be able to use these exciting ideas everywhere, but they should be used somewhere. How to Engage Students in the First few Minutes. I have a wonderful friend who is currently a student teacher.
I absolutely love chatting to her about her experiences and questions, as she challenges me to reflect on my own practice: to re-evaluate my strategies; to work out what it is I do and why; to tweak what isn’t working. Her questions are always intelligent, thought-provoking and full of exciting curiosity – she is going to make an exceptional teacher. A few weeks ago she asked me how to get students to ‘come to the party’; how to entice them to engage and participate in the learning experience so that it wasn’t a one-sided affair. Yikes! What a question. 6 Ways to Honor the Learning Process in Your Classroom. Roughly put, learning is really just a growth in awareness.
The transition from not knowing to knowing is part of it, but that's really too simple because it misses all the degrees of knowing and not knowing. Incentivizing Your Class: The Engagement-Based Classroom Management Model. When I think of our most struggling and distracted students, I see how social pain and rejection often hijack their ability to be academically focused and successful. Optimal school performance requires positive emotional connections with those students that we want to prosper while feeling capable and competent. When students and teachers feel this connection, we are all responding from the higher cortical regions of the brain, and our dopamine reward centers are activated by these feelings, these positive emotions.
Five Strategies to Ensure Student Learning. Mesquite Elementary School, in Tucson, Arizona, attributes much of its turnaround in student performance -- and their ongoing success -- to their Reteach and Enrich program. Within the first year of implementation, even before teachers had worked out all the kinks, Mesquite went from a "performing" school (as labeled by the state of Arizona) in 2002 to an "excelling" school, the highest ranking, in 2003.
The school has maintained an "excelling" status ever since. The goal of the program is to give students the opportunity to master essential skills and knowledge before they move on to the next level. Minds in Bloom: Differentiation Made Easy. Hello! The 8 Minutes That Matter Most. Student-Centered Classroom: Getting Started. Mini Water Cycle Fun. Active Engagement Strategies. Keeping students actively engaged throughout the day is critical for academic success. However, active engagement involves more than "hands on" instruction. Your Classroom Environment Checklist for Student Engagement - Heinemann. Education Week. Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement. How Student Centered Is Your Classroom? In the education world, the term student-centered classroom is one we hear a lot. And many educators would agree that when it comes to 21st-century learning, having a student-centered classroom is certainly a best practice.
How Engaged Are Students and Teachers in American Schools? By Anya Kamenetz, Hechinger Report Gallup recently released a major report on the State of American Schools.