Student Engagement. Summer 2009. Warm Up. You will be working in groups of 2 or 3. Choose your partners. On one piece of paper, number 1-6. You have 2 minutes to prepare. .
Hi. I’m Bill Rago. I’ve never taught before and you’ve never thought before. So good luck to all of us.
I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.
It’s less trouble to feel sorry for her than it is to teach her anything better.
It's not that they're stupid, it's just they don't know anything.
So long as we learn, it doesn’t matter who teaches us, does it?
Dead Poets Society
Mr. Holland’s Opus
Stand and Deliver
To Sir With LoveMatch the Quote to the Movie
Let’s chart the teaching strategies that you used in that dynamic lesson that engaged all the students.
Issue of time
Issue of space
Issue of materials
Issue of relationships
Are you talking too long, not noticing that eyes are wandering and students are shifting restlessly?
Too much information in one block of time?
Short break or change of location will keep momentum going.
Do you strive for a balance among cognitive, social, & kinesthetic experiences?
Have you anticipated the time involved for each part of the lesson?
Are you planning to give this lesson at an appropriate time of the day, week or year?Issue of Time
Can students move easily from facing you for instruction to a group formation?
Wasted time spent moving chairs can break the flow of engagement.
Are there sufficient walkways between desks and groups?
Be aware of the “action zone” – those students located in the center front of the room who participate most. Groups that fall outside this zone often will be less engaged.
Problem solved by moving around to talk from various spots in the room during the lesson.
When children experience close proximity, they are more inclined to stay engaged.Issue of Space
Having to stop and look for papers tends to break the smooth flow you are after.
Time invested in planning well, doing trail run on the experiment, or making sure you have supplies will keep your positive momentum going.
Use hands-on materials and manipulatives when possible and appropriate.
The more students are involved firsthand, the higher the student engagement.
Smooth procedures for passing out and gathering materials can also enhance student engagement.Issues of Materials
Use both preplanned and emerging questions
Select an appropriate level of questions based on learners’ needs.
Avoid trick questions and those that require YES/No response.
Phrase questions carefully, concisely, and clearly.
Address questions to the group or to individuals randomly.
Use sufficient wait time, at least 5 to 10 seconds.
Respond to answers given by students.
Deliberately frame questions to promote student interest.
Use questions to identify learning objectives for follow-up self–study.Inviting Student Engagement with Questioning
This presentation has modeled several different strategies and discussed several issues relating to student engagement. As a campus, let’s identity 3-5 strategies that we all will use within our classroom to promote 100% student engagement.