Activity Alone: Three minutes—think of a time (as teacher, learner or observer) when you experienced high levels of student engagement. Group: Share your experience. Brainstorm a list on chart paper: What does student engagement look like?
Student Engagement Defined Engaged AttentivePersistentConnectedCommitted “Students who are engaged are involved, but not all students who are involved are engaged.”- Philip Schlechty
5 Student Responses to Work 1.Engagement - (High Attention and Commitment to the tasks at hand) 2.Strategic Compliance - (High Attention and Low Commitment the tasks at hand) 3.Ritual Compliance - (Low Attention and Low Commitment to the tasks at hand) 4.Retreatism - (No Attention and No Commitment) 5.Rebellion - (Diverted Attention)
Improving Your Charisma Make the students the center of your classroom. Smile at your students. Greet your students when they walk into the classroom. Overlook what you can. Establish procedures and routines early. Laugh at yourself. Eliminate personal habits that may annoy kids. Use multiple modes of learning. Talk less than your students.
Improve Your Oral Presentations VIDEOTAPE YOURSELF MASTER THE ART OF PAUSE LEARN TO MAINTAIN EYE CONTACT SET THE STAGE KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE COMMAND ATTENTION USE YOUR VOICE EFFECTIVELY USE BODY LANGUAGE TO MOIVATE YOUR LISTENERS
Make a Point Students Remember Include names, interests, hobbies and cultures of your students when creating your lessons. Help Students Make a Personal Connection to the Lesson Have students create their own PPT slide summarizing the key points of your lesson. Present a Slideshow Having students hear from members of the professional community who have a connection to the topic can reinforce points you are trying to make. Invite Guest Speakers Into Your Class Try using newspapers, cartoons, music, magazines, etc. when trying to demonstrate how you want something done. Use a Variety of Media Immediately play a video that supports the statement. Display a Statement on the Board Use theater techniques to stage a reenactment. Wear a costume (or have students wear costumes) to re-emphasize a point. Surprise the Students With Theater
Engage Students in Discussions Before During After Post procedures in a prominent place Determine the purpose of the discussion Create the questions your students will discuss Arrange the room Enforce the procedures Introduce the discussion topic Explain the importance of supporting their opinions Encourage deeper thinking and risk taking Recognize speakers Get out of the way Have students reflect (written or oral) What went well Suggestions for improvement Retelling of the important points Written summary
Engage Students With Graphic Organizers Concept MapsDescription Maps Time Sequence Maps Cause-and-Effect Maps Graphic Organizers
Student Engagement Strategies Summarized 1. Cultivate your communication skills and charisma 2. Fully plan and prepare for oral presentations 3. Pay attention to all aspects of delivery (voice, demeanor, and body language) 4. Plan ways to encourage students to stay on track and on task 5. Take advantage of the power of play 6. Use graphic organizers 7. Use hands-on manipulatives to enliven lessons 8. Provide examples of what you expect of students 9. Even mundane seatwork can be made more appealing and creative with careful planning
Sources Schlechty, Phillip C. Engaging Students: The Next Level of Working On The Work. First ed. San Francisco: Jossey- Bass, 2011. Print. Thompson, Julia G. The First-Year Teacher's Survival Guide. Third ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2013. Print.