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Great Polling Tools for Teachers: Keep Them Engaged!

Great Polling Tools for Teachers:  Keep Them Engaged! | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
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Why polling in the classroom?
Here are some of the benefits of using web-based polling in the c;assroom:
Check for understanding and comprehension of what is being taught
Get real-time student feedback on learning
Use them for brainstorming
Review assigned readings
Poll students on their opinions on a classroom event, project..etc
Use polls as discussion prompts
Use anonymous voting to see what students think about your teaching strategy, what they like, don't like..etc

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A therapist goes to middle school and tries to sit still and focus. She can’t. Neither can the kids.

A therapist goes to middle school and tries to sit still and focus. She can’t. Neither can the kids. | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
A pediatric occupational therapist spends time in a middle school and watches kids struggle to sit still.
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Teachers Shadowing Students: Doing What Students Do

Teachers Shadowing Students: Doing What Students Do | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Teachers Shadowing Students: Doing What Students Do
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Students sit all day, and sitting is exhausting.

High School students are sitting passively and listening during approximately 90% of their classes.

You feel a little bit like a nuisance all day long.


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Motivating Students With Effective Feedback and Clarity

Motivating Students With Effective Feedback and Clarity | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
In today's guest post, school superintendent and Visible Learning trainer BR Jones shows how feedback can motivate students in a whole new way.
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Where are we going?  How am I doing?  Where to next?  Vital questions kids should be able to answer.  Feedback tells them how they are doing.  It also keeps them engaged.

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The Best Classroom Management Develops Classroom Leadership

The Best Classroom Management Develops Classroom Leadership | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
At the beginning of a school year, I had a student named Michael (not his real name) who had some issues the previous year, so I decided to welcome him outside the school before he even walked in. ...
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Strengths based is the way to go.........building a tribe in your classroom starts with your relationship.

 

'We always talk about “managing” people or students, but you manage “stuff”, not humans.  Instead of trying to “fix” a behaviour, it is important to tap in and try to unleash what people already have.  '

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Six Principles of the Cultures of Thinking Project

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These six principles are worth discussing continually.  They are the basis for classrooms that engage students in deep thinking.  

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4 Big Ideas for Engaging Students (Deeper Learning)

4 Big Ideas for Engaging Students (Deeper Learning) | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Hear what kept these four graduates engaged in their education. We hope these student voices will help you think about your end-goal as this school year gets started.
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Student voices on "engagement".  

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Educational Leadership:Strengthening Student Engagement: What Do Students Want

Educational Leadership:Strengthening Student Engagement: What Do Students Want | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.
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After taking into consideration the needs and drives we've mentioned, our model poses four important questions that teachers must ask themselves in order to score the level of engagement in their classrooms.

Under what conditions are students most likely to feel that they can be successful?When are students most likely to become curious?How can we help students satisfy their natural drive toward self-expression?How can we motivate students to learn by using their natural desire to create and foster good peer relationships?
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Life of an Educator: Have 'summative' assessments become obsolete?

Life of an Educator: Have 'summative' assessments become obsolete? | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
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We KNOW the negative impact they have on the student.
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Making learning whole: How seven principles of teaching can transform education | CTQ

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"Making Learning Whole is Perkins’ argument that education is damaged by breaking knowledge down into discrete parts, which he calls elementitis, a phenomenon that leaves students spitting out fractured facts that have little cohesiveness or application to the subject under study."

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New Study: Engage Kids with 7x the Effect

New Study: Engage Kids with 7x the Effect | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
The way to engage students is to make sure that they care about the material and that they know how much you care about them.
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VideoScribe on John Hattie's Visible Learning - YouTube

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Cutting Through The Fog of Student Achievement

Cutting Through The Fog of Student Achievement | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
This post was originally posted on Figuring It Out by J. Bevacqua I recently had the opportunity to spend two days working with and listening to John Hattie and his team at Visible Learning unpac...
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 17, 7:26 PM

Is there a fog around student achievement? What is student achievement? It seems the fog is purposely placed around the concept so we can continue to have discussions which result in an unending parade of bottom lines.

 

What if captured teacher voice as well?

 

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5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback

5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Teacher feedback must be informative and encouraging for students to fully understand whether they're learning and what they can do to improve the learning process.
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Let’s Talk About Student Engagement | Oakland Schools Literacy

Let’s Talk About Student Engagement | Oakland Schools Literacy | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
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What does it mean?  How do we foster it?

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Engagement: Conducting a Symphony of Learning in the Classroom | Oakland Schools Literacy

Engagement: Conducting a Symphony of Learning in the Classroom | Oakland Schools Literacy | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
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Great tips:  

 

1. Practice not answering any question that students can answer for themselves.

2. Allow the incorrect answers

3. Trust is imperative

4. Allow students to discover their way through learning by hypothesizing and testing

5. Our students and their reasoning should be given respect


Nice work, Marcia!

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Cognitive Load Theory and Instructional Design

Cognitive Load Theory and Instructional Design | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Understanding the basics of the Cognitive Load Theory and applying them to your instructional design is an absolute must, particularly if you want your learners to get the most out of the eLearning course you are creating. This guide will offer you a detailed look at Cognitive Load Theory, including how it can be applied in learning settings. Check the Cognitive Load Theory and Instructional Design article and presentation to find more.

Via ICTPHMS, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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"Cognitive Load Theory suggests that learners can absorb and retain information effectively only if it is provided in such a way that it does not “overload” their mental capacity. In other words, our short term memory, or working memory, can only retain a certain amount of information simultaneously (rather than an infinite supply of data). "


Lecture bursts keep kids engaged!  Emphasis on BURST!

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The Kinds Of Grading Mistakes That Haunt Students

The Kinds Of Grading Mistakes That Haunt Students | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
TEST The Kinds Of Grading Mistakes That Haunt Students
by Terry Heick
Yesterday, Justin Tarte shared a thought about grading that’s indicative of a growing dissatisfaction with grading in education.
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Wonderfully written post about grading.  It tinkers with engagement, motivation and many other things we know matter.  Time to rethink this issue!

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Why Clay Shirky Banned Laptops, Tablets and Phones from His Classroom | Mediashift | PBS

Why Clay Shirky Banned Laptops, Tablets and Phones from His Classroom | Mediashift | PBS | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
I teach theory and practice of social media at NYU, and am an advocate and activist for the free culture movement, so I’m a pretty unlikely candidate for Internet censor, but I have just asked the students in my fall seminar to refrain from using laptops, tablets and phones in class.
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This is the most convincing argument "against" that I've seen yet.  I would add, though, that Shirky's style is one of collaborative inquiry where participation, discussion are the norm.  " I’m coming to see student focus as a collaborative process. It’s me and them working to create a classroom where the students who want to focus have the best shot at it, in a world increasingly hostile to that goal."

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Rick Wormeli: On Late Work - YouTube

The issue of how to address late work comes up frequently. Should we hold accountable those students who have not proven themselves proficient to the same st...
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To RECOVER from (being late, not managing time well) is more instructive than the lowered grade.  To walk through the recovery by redoing the work, the student will better learn how to keep up.  

'We are in the business of watching out for one another, not for playing "gotcha"'.  

 

Penalizing late work, like we often do, negatively affects motivation.

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Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor

Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Norman Webb's Depth of Knowledge Levels is a system that categorizes tasks according to the complexity of thinking required to successfully complete them.
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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Awesome Poster Featuring 7 Ways to Engage Students in Class

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Usable Knowledge: Education at bat: Seven principles for educators

Usable Knowledge: Education at bat: Seven principles for educators | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
HGSE Professor David Perkins uses baseball as a metaphor to describe his concept of “learning by wholes” and his practical teaching principles in his new book, Making Learning Whole: How Seven Principles of Teaching Can Transform Education.
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Avoid learning "pieces"...always help them put it together into a whole.  Avoid learning "about" something....DO IT instead.   Putting it all together

To implement these ideas in the classroom, David Perkins suggests that educators start with a junior version of the seven principles—picking and choosing what's most right for their own classrooms, while paying particular attention to “playing the whole game” and “making the game worth playing.” If educators use these principles, Perkins hopes, they will improve their students' understanding of the game, and their ability to play it successfully.

 

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Personalize Learning: Home

Personalize Learning: Home | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
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Each learner...

is unique and is on their own personal learning journey. follows their passion so they discover their purpose. has the skills to drive their learning. owns their learning that happens anywhere at anytime.

 

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Podcast # 7: Reflections on & Implications of John Hattie’s Visible Learning Institute at Oakland Schools | Oakland Schools Literacy

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My colleagues, Bryan Dean and Les Howard, host a podcast from John Hattie's visit this month.  Check it out!

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