Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

MiddleWeb

You have – but you likely haven’t seen them all in one place, enchanced by the rich voices and wisdom of our students. You might look at Heather Wolpert-Gawron's table of contents in "Just Ask Us" and think that you’ve seen these topics before.

(Re)Defining Student Engagement

Reading By Example

“The best evidence for student engagement is what students are saying and doing as a consequence of what the teacher does, or has done, or has planned.” Engagement (student involvement in instruction) can be described in a variety of ways.

Increasing student engagement, by design

Turn to Your Neighbor

One of Mazur’s philosophies that infuses everything I do as an educator is that people learn best when they are engaged. Here is the basic approach: Reimagine what students (and you) do before class: Mazur’s new method puts a premium on motivating and rewarding pre-class work.

Student Engagement Still Low in U.S. Schools

Reading By Example

I don’t often repost other bloggers’ content, so when I do… Scott McLeod shared on his blog survey results from Gallup about the level of engagement in learning that secondary students are experiencing. Over 920,000 students participated last fall.

Using A Jigsaw Activity To Help Every Student Engage With Literature

MindShift

John Hattie even found that it was one of the only activities in his model that helped students acquire and consolidate both surface and deep knowledge. ” His class is focused on developing specific skills around textual analysis and discussion that students will need in college.

Pillars of Digital Leadership Series: Student Engagement and Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Pillar #5: Student Engagement and Learning Many of us firmly believe in technology’s potential to transform the teaching and learning cultures of schools. For many students, school does not reflect real life. Students must always be at the center of this process.

A Teacher’s Insight and a Suite of Apps Revitalized Geography—Boosting Student Engagement and Collaboration

Edsurge

Students didn’t like the traditional textbook-and-worksheet-centric course, and their teachers and district staff were concerned that a lack of engagement was translating into lower grades at Canada’s Ottawa Catholic School Board’s (OCSB) high schools. The Board wanted to help teachers better engage students; to do this effectively, it needed clearer insight into teacher needs. The finished product was a highly personalized and engaging project-based course.

Teachers share formative assessment strategies that work

eSchool News

note : Today’s students have too many tests to take—but today’s teachers still need insight into their classes’ knowledge and skills. Adding new tests every time students need to prove mastery rarely seems like the right answer.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

Reading By Example

My previous two posts have described how schools can improve access for students of color and students living in poverty to follow their passions and have more voice in choice in their learning. It is a process that respects both the teacher and students.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

Reading By Example

My previous two posts have described how schools can improve access for students of color and students living in poverty to follow their passions and have more voice in choice in their learning. It is a process that respects both the teacher and students.

The Thing About Homework

TeachThought - Learn better.

Assessment Learning Project-Based Learning Student Engagement Effective Learning Environments InterestThe post The Thing About Homework appeared first on TeachThought.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 1

Reading By Example

In my previous post , I highlighted an article from Education Week about students being able to pursue their questions and interests in school. She believes that if students do not have a voice and choice in their learning, then all of the focus on the core academics will not amount to much.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 1

Reading By Example

In my previous post , I highlighted an article from Education Week about students being able to pursue their questions and interests in school. She believes that if students do not have a voice and choice in their learning, then all of the focus on the core academics will not amount to much.

MC Assessment = Meta Cognitive Assessment

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

The students should be stakeholders in their education and have accountability, responsibility, and be actively engaged in and out of the classroom. Despite criticism, a traditional well-written multiple choice assessment can be a valid assessment tool ( I''m bracing for rebuttals ).

Three Ways to Support Educators Who Hate to Teach Writing

Edsurge

The lack of practice adds up; by 8th grade, just 27% of students are at or above a proficient level of writing. One teacher from Pennsylvania told us she organized a “book tasting” for students, complete with tablecloths and candlesticks. One sixth grade teacher told me, “Many of my students are reluctant writers. In sixth grade, we focus on grammar, which can be boring for students.” Solution: Provide students with choice—and topics that interest them.

NY Times article discusses engagement and gamification

Ascend Math

The article is well worth reading for its smart discussion of “engagement” and “gamification.”. Today, students may use Ascend Math, a learning app that rewards students who complete a level by letting them play short video games.”.

Echo360 – Learning Tools That Go Well Beyond Lecture Capture

EmergingEdTech

This Active Learning Platform Provides a Rich Set of Integrated Tools for Student Learning and Engagement I’ve been aware of Echo360 for years now, but have thought of it as predominantly a.

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Four Ways to Redefine Parent Teacher Conferences—With a Little Help from Ironman

Edsurge

In contrast, my own parent-teacher conferences were student-centered—creating space for meaningful discussion about things other than grades. I provided students with a superhero’s historical financials and challenged them to figure out a way to redirect more cash towards their characters’ “superhero needs.” Mom, this is the project I want to show you,” said one student. That’s unfortunate, because students today move fast and are incredibly tech-savvy.

The Science Of Classroom Design (Graphic)

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The Science Of Classroom Design (Graphic) by TeachThought Staff There is an art and science to teaching, and certainly to curriculum and assessment. And student engagement. Student Engagement Teaching General New Teacher

American Education's War on Student Engagement: We're Losing Them!

The 21st Century Principal

A recent Gallup survey delivered what I would consider much worse news than that our students aren''t first place on the latest international assessments. That news simply stated was: "The longer our students stay in school, the less engaged they become." In a word, we are boring our students into oblivion. This issue is not something a new set of standards will fix, nor will a "new generation of assessments fix."

From Analog to Digital: Why and How to Teach Students to Write for an Online Audience

Edsurge

Yet most high school and middle school students are illiterate when it comes to online texts, and can’t discern real information from fake news. In addition learning how to read and consume digital texts, our students must know how to author and publish in the digital realm. What’s at stake is our students’ ability to become thoughtful citizens, and their ability to write and publish perspectives and information that will be crucial for their career success.

Early Learning Faces Obstacles and Inequities—Here's How Edtech Can Help

Edsurge

Edtech for early learners has come a long way since then, but our just-released compilation of research—what we call a Market Gap Snapshot —makes clear there is still a lot of room to expand and improve edtech solutions to address obstacles facing our youngest students. Early learners—students in pre-kindergarten through second grade—have developmental needs that are markedly different from older students.

Human Geography Cornerstone Assessment Infuses Tech to Demonstrate Learning @Weebly @PowToon @ThingLink_EDU

techieMusings

For the third year in a row, 9th grade Human Geography students have engaged in a Megacity Project as their final cornerstone assessment for the course. In this project, students engage in an extended study analyzing how megacities (10+ million people) are transforming the world.

Three Ways to Bridge the Gap Between Educators and Learning Scientists

Edsurge

As technology use has increased in schools, so has the breadth of innovations aimed at improving learning—for example, by personalizing to the needs of each student. In order to fully leverage research to improve learning outcomes for all students, we must fundamentally shift the relationship between learning research and educational practice. We are learning how affect and social engagement are integral to the learning process.

Turn Up Your STEM Power This Year

MiddleWeb

STEM by Design blogger Anne Jolly will get you up to date with a collection of her posts on NGSS, Career and Tech Ed, math in STEM, and assessment insights. STEM By Design Student Engagement anne jolly assessment Career and Ed Tech CET Marsha Ratzel NGSS STEM math STEM teachers Susan Pruet

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5 Formative Assessment Tools for Teachers

The Electric Educator

Research indicates that student learn more effectively when they are engaged. Incorporating regular checks for understanding, polling questions, exit tickets, and interactive mini-assignments is a great way to make sure that students don''t check out during a lesson. This type of assessment is called formative assessment. Formative assessment is non-graded activities that are used to inform and plan future instruction. assessment

All Things Great and Small: 4 Ways to Build a Bridge Between Data

Edsurge

It allows them to read the room and move the students to the center of the learning, while maintaining the ability to orchestrate curriculum mastery, instructional fluidity, and assessment validity and reliability. Master teachers often struggle to articulate how artfully they use little data, but it can be the difference maker between classrooms with successful engagement and deeper learning and those that miss the mark. From Attendance to Engagement.

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Fourth Graders in Rhode Island Districts Using STEMscopes NGSS Digital Science Curriculum Achieve Higher Proficiency Rates on NECAP Science Assessment

techlearning

Built from the ground up to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), STEMscopes NGSS provides teacher and student digital resources, supplemental print materials, and hands-on exploration kits that build student engagement and excitement for learning science.

Edible Bugs! Wendi Pillar’s Engaging ELL Unit

MiddleWeb

"Since many students are in my class multiple times," writes ELL teacher Wendi Pillars, "I'm always seeking new topics to tie literacy skills together." Articles English Language Learners authentic audiences ESL formative assessment literacy sketch notes student engagement sustainable agriculture Wendi Pillars Zero Hunger

Engagement Does Not Always Equate to Learning

A Principal's Reflections

No matter where I am, whether it is a physical location or virtual, I am always hearing conversations about how technology can be used to effectively engage students. Engagement, after all, is the impetus for learning in my opinion.

Math Teacher: These are “My Tech Essentials” for formative assessments

eSchool News

Part of preparing students for the real world is teaching them to collaborate and problem-solve while working with others in small groups. My classroom model includes a lot of group work where students complete tasks with a partner or in groups of four to six.

3 Back-to-School Typing Games with Engaging Assessments

Graphite Blog

Back-to-school is a great time to introduce (or reintroduce) students to typing games. With detailed real-time feedback, students (and teachers) will know when they're ready to level up to more advanced lessons, from letters to punctuation to difficult key patterns.

Using LinkedIn in the Classroom

Saving Socrates

We tell our students that life is one large resume. Even with all this explaining, rarely do our students internalize this because they have trouble really seeing it. How do we get students to see their actions have consequences without creating a system that discourages creativity and encourages students to do things for those immediate rewards instead of an intrinsic motivation? That every action they perform has consequences.

Flexcat: Powerful Tool For Two-Way Small Group Instruction, Monitoring and Assessment

District Administration

Learn how classroom audio creates valuable teaching time and improves student engagement in highly differentiated classrooms. See product benefits in short "movies" of classroom successes based on true stories: teachers achieving deeper student insights and results they never thought possible. Date of broadcast: Monday, March 2, 2015 2:44 pm EST. Login or Register to watch! Technology Classroom Integration Products technology

3 Ways to Hack Classroom Presentations with James Sturtevant

The CoolCatTeacher

So, whether they are flipped or in person, you can have more engagement with these tools and ideas. We’re also giving away a copy of his book to a lucky winner, Hacking Engagement Again. Hacking Engagement Again Book Giveaway Contest. *.

Why Flipped Classrooms Fail

Turn to Your Neighbor

” About flipped learning with videos, “I tried it but my students didn’t watch the videos.” ” And even about the student engagement all-star, project-based learning: “I gave it a shot but my students perform better when I lecture.”

Why Flipped Classrooms Fail

Turn to Your Neighbor

” About flipped learning with videos, “I tried it but my students didn’t watch the videos.” ” And even about the student engagement all-star, project-based learning: “I gave it a shot but my students perform better when I lecture.”

25 Ways to use Google Forms in the Classroom (with examples!)

The Electric Educator

Reading Quiz - Hold students responsible for reading assignments by giving a simple quiz. It is set up so that the student immediately receives their score and can see which questions they got wrong. Engagement tracker - Are your students engaged in classroom learning on a daily basis?

Game Mechanics in the Classroom to Engage Learners

The CoolCatTeacher

Game mechanics are elements of gaming that you can design into your lesson plans to engage learners. We can engage students, even going up to year-long junior high version of “Game of Thrones” like teacher Michael Matera has done. (OK,

3 ways the flipped classroom leads to better subject mastery

eSchool News

Specifically, flipping can change the type of work students complete and the way in which class time will be used; it can modify the nature of assessment, and it can alter the way in which teachers will report student work. Next page: Bringing student choice to assessment.