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1 Let’s Get Engaged!: Leslie Grahn, World Language Resource Teacher Howard County Public Schools

2 Participants will… 1. Examine the topics of motivation and engagement. 2. Explore strategies for engaging students in learning. 3. Reflect on their practice. Session Outcomes

3 Workshop Wiki

4 Getting Engaged: Metaphorical Thinking How is engaging students like getting engaged?

5 Motivating students to engage in class activities  Relate learning to real life  Give students control over learning  Assign challenging but achievable tasks  Arouse students’ curiosity  Design projects that allow students to share with others  Relate learning to real life  Give students control over learning  Assign challenging but achievable tasks  Arouse students’ curiosity  Design projects that allow students to share with others

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7 Components of a brain- friendly classroom  Experiential, inductive, hands-on learning  Absence of threat paired with high challenge  Providing for student choice  Helping students construct meaning  Relying on the familiar, looking for the novel  Accurate, timely feedback  Experiential, inductive, hands-on learning  Absence of threat paired with high challenge  Providing for student choice  Helping students construct meaning  Relying on the familiar, looking for the novel  Accurate, timely feedback

8 Brain-friendly techniques  Use humor  Use personal stories  Use novelty  Use movement  Use music  Connect learning  Use metacognition  Evoke emotions  Use visuals  Use humor  Use personal stories  Use novelty  Use movement  Use music  Connect learning  Use metacognition  Evoke emotions  Use visuals Think-Pair-Share How have you recently used one or more of these strategies?

9 Let’s do some hands-on hands-on learning FOLDABLES Poof book

10 Let’s make a”smoosh” book!

11 A great resource: Read-Write-Think.org

12 Poof Books on ReadWriteThink.org

13 Text box for information Picture to go with text on p.3 Picture to go with text on p.5 Picture to go with text on p.7

14 Get on your feet!  Step left/step right  Human graphs  Corners  Graffiti  Step left/step right  Human graphs  Corners  Graffiti

15 Favorite Out-of-seat Activity  Name a favorite out-of- seat activity into one block on grid.  As you walk around the room, find 8 other people with ideas and take notes in the other blocks.  Name a favorite out-of- seat activity into one block on grid.  As you walk around the room, find 8 other people with ideas and take notes in the other blocks.

16 What do students say about class participation? (Survey from an ESL class in Japan)

17 Voices of students on participation things you expected 2 things that surprised you 1 thing you still wonder about

18 5 Elements of Cooperative Learning 1.Positive Interdependence 2.Face-to-Face Interaction 3.Individual and Group Accountability 4.Interpersonal and Small-Group Skills 5.Group Processing

19 Cooperative Learning  3-step interview  Inside-outside circles  Numbered heads together  Send a problem  Jigsaw  Think-Pair-Share  Graffiti  Four Corners  3-step interview  Inside-outside circles  Numbered heads together  Send a problem  Jigsaw  Think-Pair-Share  Graffiti  Four Corners

20 Cooperative Learning Write the types of cooperative learning you have used on the PLACEMAT Tell about… What it isWhat it is How you used itHow you used it

21 Inside-Outside Circles Reflection 1.One practice I use to engage students is… 2.This session has made me think about… 3.A strategy I will implement in my classroom is… 4.I would like to find out more about… 1.One practice I use to engage students is… 2.This session has made me think about… 3.A strategy I will implement in my classroom is… 4.I would like to find out more about…

22 Today, we’ve talked about ENGAGEMENT in terms of:  Motivation Motivation  Brain-friendly strategies Brain-friendly strategies  Hands-on activities Hands-on activities  Out-of-seat activities Out-of-seat activities  Student participation Student participation  Cooperative learning Cooperative learning  Motivation Motivation  Brain-friendly strategies Brain-friendly strategies  Hands-on activities Hands-on activities  Out-of-seat activities Out-of-seat activities  Student participation Student participation  Cooperative learning Cooperative learning

23 What else is in the packet?

24 Other topics on the Let’s Get Engaged! wiki  Empowering students through reflection and feedback  Beginnings and Ends in Mind  Let’s Get Visual!  Are we there yet?: Actual and virtual field trips  Thinking about thinking  Crossing curricular boundaries  Popping the questions  Empowering students through reflection and feedback  Beginnings and Ends in Mind  Let’s Get Visual!  Are we there yet?: Actual and virtual field trips  Thinking about thinking  Crossing curricular boundaries  Popping the questions

25 Closure Choose Two Exit tickets  1. One thing I learned today was...  2. Something from today's workshop that I want to find out more about is...  3. Something I found difficult to understand today was...  4. I really enjoyed today's workshop because...  5. I found today's workshop challenging because...  1. One thing I learned today was...  2. Something from today's workshop that I want to find out more about is...  3. Something I found difficult to understand today was...  4. I really enjoyed today's workshop because...  5. I found today's workshop challenging because...

26 Let’s Get Engaged!: Leslie Grahn, World Language Resource Teacher Howard County Public Schools


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