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.
A Teacher's Guide to Communicating with Parents “I’m already getting parent phone calls and it’s August! Can technology help me manage this through the year?” Parents can be difficult. 1) Make every day Open House (without the nerve-wracking demos) As they say in marketing, “Go to where the people are.” 2) Communicate frequently and purposefully No matter how “open” your classroom is to the parents, you’ll still have to communicate with them directly from time to time. Sometimes, however, teachers need to have a conversation with parents that goes a bit deeper than upcoming due dates. To keep track of these interactions as well as the student behavior that prompts them, I highly recommend Dash4Teachers. You can tap smiles or frowns for each day, jot down notes like “asked great questions!” What’s more, new teacher evaluations are putting a major emphasis on engagement with parents and the community. 3) Bring in the experts! --Jennie Dougherty contributed to this report. Ben Stern writes the "Because You Asked" column for EdSurge.
I Love That Teaching Idea! #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.
Experienced Teachers Reflect on Their First Year This year I had the opportunity to work with many educators in national and global workshops. On two of these occasions, I asked the teachers to share their wisdom by answering the question, "What I know now that I wish I had known as a first year teacher is . A recurring theme among their answers was the awareness of -- and responsiveness to -- the needs and interests their students. Answers like this demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness among experienced educators -- way beyond the pedagogy they were taught. Below are some of the responses I got from experienced teachers when they were asked what they wished they’d known as first-year teachers. In the Classroom 1) State Clear Expectations for Classroom Behavior Anne Manalo-Hussein, an experienced teacher from Macon County Elementary School, Macon County, Georgia, offers this advice: When I was a new teacher, I didn't know how important it was to go over good rules and procedures at the beginning of the school year. Bill Vance adds:
How to Crochet: Star Stitch By Erin Burger – 96 Comments Out there in Crochet Land there are many ‘special’ stitches that I call ‘YO Stitches’ (the abbreviation for yarn over is yo). These stitches include the popcorn stitch, the bobble stitch, the puff stitch etc…etc… My favorite of these type of stitches is the star stitch. This tutorial is for both right and left handed people. Start by chaining a multiple of 3, then add 1 more chain. Row 1: pull up a loop in 2nd ch from hook and in each of the next 4 ch, yo and pull through all 6 stitches on hook (where will be a total of 6 loops, disregard error in this first photo which only shows 5), ch 1 to close star. This is your first star and it should look like this (continue on with pattern) * Pull up a loop in ch-1, pull up a loop in last ch of star just made, pull up a loop in each of the next 3 ch, yarn over and pull through all 6 loops on hook, ch 1 to close star, repeat from * across, hdc in last ch. Row 2: ch 2, turn, 3 hdc in each ch-1 from the previous row, ch3 turn.
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 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. A number of studies have shown that student engagement overlaps with, but is not the same as, student motivation. Definitions usually include a psychological and behavioral component. Requirements Indicators The opposite of engagement is disaffection. School climate
27 Simple Ways To Flip The Classroom 7 Ways To Use Your iPad In The Classroom 14.67K Views 0 Likes There's a plethora of ways to use your iPad in the classroom but this infographic details some insanely useful apps, methods, and ideas for all teachers. DROPS Pattern Library: Lace patterns DROPS pattern library contains patterns, and it keeps growing every day! The DROPS designers want you to see how these different techniques will look when applied to a knitting or crochet project. This is a very useful tool when you are looking for inspiration for own designs. Remember that by switching between yarn quality thicknesses and by picking a different knitting tension you will be able to create a new aspect to the design. Have fun! NOTE: Click on the flag/link under the picture to go to the full pattern. Back to the School of Handcraft Sort by: Yarn quality | DROPS number | Pattern type
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
Students Share Characteristics Of Their Favorite Teachers A few weeks ago I had a Twitter dialogue with Reed Gillespie ( @rggillespie ) an AP at Kettle Run High School in Nokesville, VA. and Angela Maiers ( @AngelaMaiers ) who coined the phrase #YouMatter and is an author, educator, and national speaker. Our conversation revolved around a post from Angela titled 12 Things Kids Want from Their Teachers . Twelve simple and free “things” students want and deserve . Don’t we all deserve these? Reed shared his post What Students Want From Their Teachers he wrote after visiting with students at his high school during lunch. Very similar list. This got me to thinking “What do Cherokee students want from their teachers?” The feedback provided by our very bright and amazing students wasn’t eye opening or earth shattering, but does provide their view of what they want and deserve. 1. 2. 3. 4. I enjoyed my conversations with our students.
How to Make Simple Crochet Slippers « Crafts IMPORTANT NOTE: This pattern uses US crochet terminology. You can find the SLIPPER SIZE, YARN and HOOK specifications at the end of this article !!! (To see more of my patterns, please visit my ONLINE SHOP!) I am an addict. An addict for crochet slippers. It all began when I saw slippers similar to these somewhere on the internet. I loved them so much I couldn’t get their tempting image out of my head. All I needed was a pattern. But because I am terribly, terribly impatient, I found creating my own pattern quicker than looking for an official one on the web. And since I’m no crochet guru, the pattern turned out to be really simple. Actually, these slippers might be the simplest slippers in the universe. Or not. But they might. This is what I did… Round 1: 5 ch (chain stitch); join into ring with sl st (slip stitch) Round 2: 3 ch; 7 dc (double crochet stitch) into the center of the ring; join with sl st Round 3: 3 ch; 1 dc into first stitch; 2 dc into each next stitch; join with sl st Row 14: turn (!)
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