Think about a time when you were really engaged in something, the kind of engagement where you lose track of time and experience feelings of joy and satisfaction. You may have felt acutely focused, physically, mentally, and emotionally absorbed in a task. I've felt this most often while writing, reading, teaching, and coaching -- always signaled by the moment when I notice the clock and, feeling dazed, wonder where the hours have gone.
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Students want to be engaged in class. They really do -- but sometimes other things get in the way of their natural instincts.
A few changes to how a teacher runs a classroom can make a huge impact on how engaged students will be in that classroom. It's an issue that every teacher has to face, but it can be addressed in some very simple ways.
Here are just a few of my strategies for dealing with low levels of student engagement. They've made a major difference in my classes over the years.
I noticed that her first concern was to honor those who arrived on time by starting on time. She noted physical arrangements, including the temperature of the room, locations of restrooms, and arrangements for breaks and ...
Note taking skills aren’t just automatic. We tell students “take notes” but they have no idea what that means. What makes “good notes.” What do they write down? What should notes look like? Every since I went through the Writing Across the Curriculum Course at my school I realized the tremendous gap between “writing” as …
It's time to give up the notion that "digital natives" are more tech savvy than their teachers. According to a recent study of middle school science students and teachers, the teachers tended to have greater technology use.
Keeping students captivated and ready to learn throughout the year is no small task. Here's a list of articles, videos, links, and other resources that offer strategies and advice for retaining their attention. Great list...
"Over the years, I’ve noticed how one question can change the dynamics of any situation. Everything might be moving along quite nicely at the dinner table, everyone’s happy and laughing but one question can send those same smiling faces into a frenzy of shouts and upset. This also holds true in a classroom. Students may be working quietly and the teacher might be content but one question or comment from a student or the teacher can turn that quiet into bubbling sea of chatter."
In a recent article, Curriculum and Leadership Journal reported on research into the nature of student engagement and how to foster it, and introduced the work being done in the area of student engagement by AITSL's Learning Frontiers unit. As part of this work, Learning Frontiers has looked at a range of innovative, highly engaging learning environments for young people. The current article describes some of these learning contexts.
The common-core standards articulate a vision of promoting literacy across the curriculum, indicating that "instruction in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language be a shared responsibility within the school." In fact ...
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