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Top 12 Ways to Increase Student Participation

Top 12 Ways to Increase Student Participation
Call it "active learning," or "classroom participation" -- every teacher wants to know how to motivate students to particpate, and how to nurture more involved students and fewer apathetic ones. With a little extra planning, that is possible. Below are four common reasons students don’t participate and techniques to solve those problems and spice up your lessons. Problem: The content is repetitive. Maybe it needs to be repetitive because the students don’t really “get it,” or maybe you’re reviewing for a test. Solution #1: Assess their prior knowledge. This could be as simple as asking students, “What do you know about (topic)?” Technology in the classroom tools that keep parents informed about classroom... To kick off this holiday week, we want to spread a little Thanksgiving joy with... Teaching strategies to help guide your students through a writer’s workshop... Exciting ways to use video conferencing in your classroom. Fed up with building pilgrim hats out of paper bags?

Socratic seminars, fish bowls, and computers October 6, 2011 by mrkaiser208 The concept of a fish bowl or Socratic seminar is not new. Just Google it and see how many hits come up. This learning method has been used for years by numerous teachers. However, this doesn’t mean that everyone knows about it. Instead of using the typical Socratic seminar format, I decided to try the fish bowl technique that was posted several years ago on the Learning and Laptops blog. What I want to talk about is my observations on how this worked with my classes. One of the biggest challenges that we had today was hearing the conversation in the middle of the room. The other problem with the inner circle was keeping the discussion going. Where the inner circle struggled with their discussion, the outer circle discussion flourished on the computers. Thinking on this, though, I still think there were some mental gains from the inner circle. Now I am heading into controversial territory. Like this: Like Loading...

The Student Engagement Policy What is a ​Student Engagement Policy? Every school is required to have a Student Engagement Policy that articulates the expectations and aspirations of the school community in relation to student engagement, including strategies to address bullying, school attendance and behaviour. Given that students have varied needs and vulnerabilities a high quality Student Engagement Policy should incorporate a range of universal (school-wide), targeted (population-specific) and individual (student-specific) strategies needed to positively engage students in learning and engage them in the school community. A high quality policy should also be built on the knowledge that student engagement is influenced by a wide range of factors. While it is not necessary to detail specific teaching and learning strategies within a Student Engagement Policy, it is good practice to highlight the role that effective individualised teaching, and learning practices play in improving engagement.

Using Whiteboards in the Chemistry Classroom & Beyond One of the most fascinating aspects of student learning is the way in which information is processed in a student's mind. Teachers, and students alike, cannot fully appreciate how a student ascertains a set of given facts, a new concept, or solves a problem. This is because thinking takes place 'behind the scenes' in the human brain. When a student demonstrates that they have learned something, or comprehend an idea, it almost seems magical how the learning took place. Essential to improving teaching is an understanding of student learning; similarly, essential to student learning is an understanding of how students themselves perceive and process information. Each of these modes of making thinking visible help students to develop expert strategies for thinking about subject area content and problem solving within a subject area. When a teacher asks students to "show their work," this is an attempt to peek 'behind the scenes' of student thinking. Techniques References

#noivogliamocontare – partecipazione e rappresentanza studentesca | UDS - Unione Degli Studenti #noivogliamocontare è il titolo del blog realizzato dall’Unione degli Studenti con lo scopo di mettere in rete i rappresentanti d’istituto e di consulta di tutta Italia e per fare da supporto ai rappresentanti spesso “in crisi” perchè sanno cosa fare ma non sanno come farlo, o perchè i presidi e i docenti non gli permettono di mettere in pratica l’alternativa. #noivogliamocontare nasce dalla volontà di provare a ridare un senso alla rappresentanza studentesca, in un momento storico in cui le fondamenta della stessa vengono minate con progetti come quello del PdL Aprea, con il preciso intento di portare la partecipazione studentesca ai minimi storici. #noivogliamocontare vuole essere una rete di rappresentanti che credono realmente nella missione politica della rappresentanza, che hanno voglia di cambiare le cose partendo dalle scuole, che vogliono essere la forza del cambiamento ogni giorno nelle classi, nei comitati studenteschi e nei consigli d’istituto.

Upgrade your KWL Chart to the 21st Century  One of the take aways from the Curriculum Mapping Institute this past week was that it brought an upgrade to THE trusted KWL (Know, What to Know and Learned) Chart to the forefront. It seems a no brainer…one of those things… “I should have thought about it”… So what is this upgrade all about? An “H” snuck into the Acronym! What does this “H” stand for”? I started out by searching Google, which immediately wanted to correct my search term and showed me the traditional “KWL chart” results. The top search results turned out mostly downloadable files for templates, which was quiet interesting as there were several explanations in these tutorials what the “H” could stand for: HOW can we find the answers to these questions? In direct relation to our quest to bring Information literacy in the 21st century to our teachers and students, the “HOW will we find the information” sticks out right away for me. My Twitter network was much better in helping me extend my search for KWHL. Related 12. 8. 29.

Student engagement Student engagement occurs when "students make a psychological investment in learning. They try hard to learn what school offers. They take pride not simply in earning the formal indicators of success (grades), but in understanding the material and incorporating or internalizing it in their lives. Definitions[edit] Student engagement is frequently used to, "depict students' willingness to participate in routine school activities, such as attending class, submitting required work, and following teachers' directions in class In a number of studies student engagement has been identified as a desirable trait in schools; however, there is little consensus among students and educators as to how to define it.[9] A number of studies have shown that student engagement overlaps with, but is not the same as, student motivation.[10] Definitions usually include a psychological and behavioral component. Requirements[edit] Indicators[edit] The opposite of engagement is disaffection. School climate[edit]

Using Quizzes to Promote Student Engagement and Collaboration January 26, 2012 By: Audrey Deterding, Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning Quizzes are standard in many college classrooms, and determining how to best use this learning format generates a variety of discussion and suggestions. First, the chalkboard or whiteboard in the classroom becomes what I call a “community space.” Whatever information is put up on the board can be used by the rest of the class on the quiz. When I first introduced this idea to the class, there were some reservations, especially about my being “fair” when selecting the students. Although students have the opportunity to decline to write, I have yet to have a student do so. Audrey Deterding Ph.D. is an assistant professor of communication at Indiana University Southeast. Reprinted from Deterding, A. (2010) A New Kind of “Space” for Quizzes. Recent Trackbacks Around the Web: New Frontiers « the Bok Blog

Using Positive Student Engagement to Increase Student Achievement Teachers and school-based administrators alike have searched to find ways to increase student achievement in their schools. Several widely known and discussed strategies include using data to drive instruction, employing highly qualified teachers, and improving school leadership. Additionally, positive student engagement in the classroom is another compelling factor—but not as widely discussed—that research has reported to be critical in enhancing student achievement (Akey, 2006; Heller, Calderon, & Medrich, 2003; Garcia-Reid, Reid, & Peterson, 2005). Positive student engagement is not an easy term to define, yet we know it when we see it. Students are engaged when they “devote substantial time and effort to a task, when they care about the quality of their work, and when they commit themselves because the work seems to have significance beyond its personal instrumental value” (Newmann, 1986, p. 242). Engaged students also are more likely to perform well academically. Conclusion

Blended Learning: Adding Asynchronous Discussions to Your F2F Classrooms This post was co-authored with Elizabeth Alderton, Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. --------- We have all done it: "participated" in a face-to-face discussion, nodding along in agreement, but not really present. Many of us have sat in discussions, afraid to throw in our two cents because we might sound silly. On other occasions, we have had a fantastic idea to share, but the conversation passed by before we had a chance to contribute. If it happens to us, it also must be happening to students in our classroom discussions. Blending online social learning opportunities, like asynchronous online discussions, into your traditional face-to-face classes can be beneficial to your students. The following common themes related to asynchronous discussions were found in five different action research projects in blended classrooms. Theme One: Processing Time Synchronous conversations are often fast-paced. Theme Two: Anxiety Reduction Theme Three: Size Matters Conclusion

Defining Student Engagement: A Literature Review » SoundOut Student engagement is increasingly seen as an indicator of successful classroom instruction(1), and is increasingly valued as an outcome of school improvement activities. Students are engaged when they are attracted to their work, persist in despite challenges and obstacles, and take visible delight in accomplishing their work.(2) Definitions and Differences Student engagement also refers to a “student’s willingness, need, desire and compulsion to participate in, and be successful in, the learning process.”(3) Definitions In a number of studies student engagement has been identified as a desirable trait in schools; however, there is little consensus among students and educators as to how to define it.(4) They frequently include a psychological and behavioral component. SoundOut defines student engagement as “any sustained connection a learner has towards any aspect of learning, schools or education.” Another study identified five indicators for student engagement in college. Requirements

Every Student Response Strategies « LessonCast True implementation of personalized learning in schools requires a shift in the roles of educators and a shift in educator professional learning. This course examines the evolving role of teachers incorporating personalized learning experiences in the classroom. Taking a close look at what personalized learning is and isn’t, participants create resources to support teacher roles as facilitator, assessor, instructional designer, content curator, coach, and advisor, and family-school collaborator. Lessoncast believes in personalized professional learning. Several modules have assignment options. While the course opens on July 21 (8:00 am EST), you may register at any time and complete the course activities at your own pace.

edutopia How do children learn to care enough about others that they reap the personal rewards associated with giving? When young people develop empathy, they not only thrive in school and life, but they also impact their communities in positive, often extraordinary ways. Individual and societal success depends on raising and educating children who care about others. Developed through emotional attachment with other human beings, empathy is our ability to recognize, feel, and respond to the needs and suffering of other people. The Foundation of Caring and Engaged Citizenship This is the last in a series of articles on how to apply eight core principles of positive youth development in the classroom using The Compass Advantage™ as an organizing framework. Image credit: Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD Empathy is systemically related to all of the abilities on the compass, particularly to self-awareness at "true south." 6 Empathy-Building Habits of Great Teachers 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Call to Action

by Mobify Single Best Free Way to Transform Classrooms (Primary-Lifelong) of Any Size--and Fast Too! It may sound like I'm selling snake oil, but I actually do have one trick that, at no cost, can transform your classroom or public speaking event, whether a seminar or a lecture, whether for 8 year olds or doctoral students, CEOs or senior citizens. You can try this tomorrow, and turn the biggest lecture into an interactive, collaborative experience without so much as an investment even in clickers or a projector. I've used it in most of the 55+ presentations I've given this year for my book Now You See It and I've used it in my classes. Here is the expensive version. It requires the swank new technology called "index cards": 1. 2. 3. 4. NB: Do not skip any of the above steps. 5. 6. Okay, there you have it my single best trick. It doesn't just work for humanities--Eric Mazur does it in physics classes at Harvard. Try it tomorrow.