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Strategies for Increasing Student Engagement

www.iDream.tv video production services documented this educational video for Minneapolis Public Schools, featuring Hall Elementary teacher Jenny Kraft. Teac...
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After searching for student engagement on youtube, I was glad to see so many videos pop up. While it is important for teachers to get training, it's good to be able to search online and an activity take place firsthand. I do believe that "circles" are a great way to get students involved. I remember my circle times in elementary school. We sang, we talked, we laughed, we shared stores, and we became comfortable with each other. This was also a time that you can see everyone in your classroom and whom you may want to partner with later on for an activity. I believe teachers taking the time to talk to each individual student is important. It's a time to connect with each other and build that level of comfort. Children who are not comfortable in their surrounds may generally shy away. One on one attention lets the student know that they are important to the teacher. Also providing spaces where children can relax can also be a great way to get students involved. I love the methods this teacher used to get her students engaged. 

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My daughters Mckenzie (4) and Giavanni (2) using the counting on strategy to add. I call this "Get in my head!"
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Student engagement starts at home. In this video, a mother record her daughter using the couting on math strategy to add. While this is a video between a parent and her child, I feel that teachers really need to take a look at this video. Students are more engaged when they are having fun. This is a fun way to learn math and not stressful at all. This just shows another example of how to use a different method to teach. I remember when I was learningvalues place in preschool. I hard the hardest time learning how to use the beads on a board method, but I was able to understand block method. If i was only shown the beads on a board method (where you had to move the beads over), I could have become frustrated and not want to try to figure it out. 

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Why urban education is a rigged game

Why urban education is a rigged game | Student Engagement | Scoop.it
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Love this video. Children are expected to be at a certain grade level, regardless of their background. Are standards hurting our children? To the children that are below the "standards," how do you think they feel about themselves? As a person? One thing I really do not like is when a teacher separates her classroom by the smartest to the not so smartest. I have witnessed this act in many classrooms. I'm not sure whether the teacher realizes that they know which group they fall in. Sometimes I wonder if they even really care. I have seen teachers remove students out of the "purple" (smart) reading group to the "green" ( not so smart). You can feel their energy shifting when they find out they have moved from one group to the next. They know who the best reader is, they know that if they are in the group with that child, then they must be a good reader as well. They notice the group that needs extra time to read. We must make sure we are careful with how we classify our students. They will shy away if they don't feel confident in themselves. Teachers need to make sure their students can feel safe and confident in that environment. Putting them into "groups" or "standards" is not going to help them build that confidence...unless they are above and beyond.

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Before finding this article, I never heard of a DI (differentiated instruction) classroom. I feel that it is important that teachers can offer multiple methods to learning. All children do not learn the same and teachers need to be aware of that and act accordingly. If a child is given the opportunity to work out a math problem using a method that they feel most comfortable with, they are more likely to want to work it out. If students are given a test where they are given the choice to choose what problem they feel most comfortable with, they are willing to complete their test. 

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Educationally Speaking: Rote is Out - Thinking is In!

Educationally Speaking: Rote is Out - Thinking is In! | Student Engagement | Scoop.it
Educationally Speaking Rote is Out - Thinking is In! Rote memorization has never been my style.

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It's time to stop memorizing our content and start thinking outside of the box. Students learn so much more when they are interacting with other students. When interaction occurs, thinking occurs. Ideas are bounced off of each other. Teachers should try to make sure that students are as engaged in the activities as possible. Reading a book and trying to remember things for a test won't benefit the students in the long run. Engaging is the best way to get a student to remember what they have learned. It also takes away some of the stress of having to know something for a test. 

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Kids Share Their Thoughts on Student Engagement

Kids Share Their Thoughts on Student Engagement | Student Engagement | Scoop.it
A twelve-year teaching veteran and a California regional Teacher of the Year, Heather Wolpert-Gawron's musings on educational policy, curriculum design, and daily school life can also be read at www
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An excellent piece on student engagement. What better group of people to ask about student engagement then the students themselves. I absolutely love when people allow a platform where students can have their voice heard. A lot of times, people looking on the outside, in think they know what is best for the people on the inside when they sometimes know best. Students don't like to sit around and listen to someone talk all day. I will admit that I cannot remember half of what my teacher said. This is not a great way to retain any information. Especially for younger students that would have a harder time paying attention. I feel that it is important to work with students. Figure out what they like and meet them where they are. It feels good to work with someone that is willing to meet you where you are and work with you. You pay attention more to what that person has to say because you feel respected by them. I know I will participate more in a group if I feel they working with me and not making me feel as if their way is the right way. You shut down, and that is not what you want the students to do. 

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