Welcome back to the November edition of Teacher Wisdom. This time we focus on student engagement. How do we keep our students interested and focused while also addressing learning standards and content? I have some ideas that I've been trying in my classroom for many years while also trying out some new ideas! Read on and then don't forget to click on the links below to find more tips and suggestions from other bloggers who contribute to the series.
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|Chrome Cart with Chrome Books|
|Using the Chrome Books for research|
I created a one page sample of the Endangered Animals PDF Fillable Form for you to try out. In the sample is a link to a Google Form for you to submit feedback. If you fill out the form, I will email you the complete sample for you to try out with your students as a thank you. You can download the one page SAMPLE HERE.
So I guess we have to face it. These kids need and want technology all day long. Why not incorporate it into daily work, projects and even assessments? My oldest son attends 6th grade at a 1:1 school, so every kid in his class is given an iPad. Needless to say, I think he's turned into a Borg...that iPad is glued to him and I have to pry it off him every night before bedtime.
|Get the one page sample of this form!|
Something Old: Marilyn BurnsIf you've been teaching as long as I have, what goes around comes around. Anyone remember Marilyn Burns? When I first started teaching, we were very much encouraged to use her replacement units for math instruction instead of the adopted textbook. Then standardized testing took over and strict adherence to the book was in order. Guess what? Marilyn is back! In my district, we are receiving inservice training from Math Solutions trainers.
One aspect of the mathematical practices, is to have students use mathematical reasoning, test out solutions, defend solutions and critique the solutions of others. This first of three inservices re-introduced us to something that teachers may already be doing: Math Talk. This involves revoicing, repeating, reasoning, adding on and waiting to keep students engaged during math instruction. See the chart below for a an explanation of each one.
|Math Talk is great for keeping students engaged during math instruction|
Something Borrowed: Rewarding Good GradesA grade level colleague shared with me that she is rewarding her students' good grades with a raffle ticket. Each time a student receives a score of passing (75% or more), then the student gets a raffle
|Reward effort and performance|
Something True: Disengaged Students Become Behavior ProblemsWhat does a disengaged student look like? Sound like? Is that the student who seems to be almost asleep in class? Is that the student who is fiddling around with something in the desk or pocket? Is that the student who whisper talks to everyone while you are instructing? Is that the student who seemingly doesn't care about anything school related? Maybe it's part or all of these descriptors that describe that disengaged student. A disengaged student will become or already is a behavior problem in the classroom. It's important to identify those students and get them engaged again or it will spread to other students. The best way to find out why a student is disengaged is to just talk to the student and see what is going on with the student. Then you can come up with a plan to re-engage the student.
Don't forget to click below and read more suggestions and tips for student engagement from other bloggers participating in this series.