4 Steps to Improve Student Engagement

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Jeromie Heath on episode 558 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Engaging students can be a challenge. A student from Jeromie Heath’s class shares her perspective on learning and why she wanted to learn for Jeromie in this episode. Today, join in the conversations about learning and engagement and all your own thoughts on social media. His students love school, love learning, and love each and every day.

Improve Student Engagement and Learning with Technology Coaching

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At Emerald STEAM Magnet Middle School in El Cajon, California, a digital simulation of the annex where Anne Frank lived in hiding brought history to life and allowed students to develop a better contextual understanding of the play they were reading. “I I think that if we hadn’t found that simulation or if we hadn’t used our computer then I would have still been left with a whole bunch of questions,” one student said.

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10 Simple Icebreakers For Kids: Elementary Students Edition

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The post 10 Simple Icebreakers For Kids: Elementary Students Edition appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching Classroom Management Elementary School Student Engagement team-buildingOne simple icebreaker for kids is to ask them to improve something--a game, song, toy, etc. This encourages open-ended thinking and creativity.

Teaching and leading for higher student engagement … even during a pandemic (aka How I spent my summer)

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Some schools spent the summer engaged in magical thinking that everyone would be back in person this fall, just like before the pandemic. I was fortunate to work with numerous educators this summer on how to teach and lead for higher student engagement – even during a pandemic.

10 Strategies Designed to Engage Elementary Students Online

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A few weeks ago, I published a blog titled “ 8 Ideas Designed to Engage Students In Active Learning Online.” ” I had several elementary teachers request that I work on a similar blog focused on younger learners.

3 Key Social Media Platforms That You Can Use To Keep Students Engaged In Your Classroom

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Where do students spend their time outside of school? Engagement is a key component of learning, so what better way to engage students than by implementing the social media platforms they already love to use? Students spend much of their lives outside of school interacting on social media. Three of the most popular social media platforms among students are Snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter. Ask students to write a story or opinion about what they see.

Is Your Classroom Layout Hindering Student Engagement? Here’s a Solution.

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in addition to losing her students’ attention, she was losing about ten minutes a lesson sprinting back and forth. Duran says that in addition to losing her students’ attention, she was losing about ten minutes a lesson sprinting back and forth. Jean Duran In search of a more reliable long-term solution, Duran’s IT department landed on global classroom engagement solution Vivi. Classroom layout can help or hinder student management and engagement in all sorts of ways.

How Gamification Through Mobile Apps Can Improve Student Engagement

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Elementary education in the 19th century was just about teaching children some basic learning, usually the ability to read. When the 20th century came, the education system changed and was centered. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!]. Educational Games & Gamification iPads and Other Tablet Devices iPhones and Smartphones Mobile Learning Resources

How Smart UX Design Turbocharges Student Engagement

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Many of them have been immersed in apps and digital games featuring engaging user experience, or UX, since before they could read. To captivate these students, educational technology has to be more than just a container for instructional content—it has to offer the same level of engagement as the consumer apps they’re used to—in other words, a seamless and enticing UX. As every teacher knows, students are most comfortable when education doesn’t feel like an onerous task.

How to Keep Students Engaged With “Wow” Moments

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Teacher-librarian and school library media specialist Dayna Derichs wants every one of the 600 pre-K–fifth-grade students at Wheeler Elementary to have opportunities to experience the “wow” moments that happen when technology transforms learning

Getting Started with Project-Based Learning in the Elementary Classroom [Download]

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Can elementary students effectively complete research projects? When it comes to meeting the complex demands of today’s educational system, Project-Based Learning (PBL) has much to offer—especially at the elementary level. Education Technology Student Engagement Teaching & Learning Project-Based LearningWill they still meet required learning objectives with the teacher serving as a guide instead of teaching the curriculum in a direct, traditional manner?

Student Engagement with Buncee in the Science Classroom

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I have been using Buncee with students for 7 months. I have used it primarily in elementary science, with students in grades 3-5. Two of the major improvements I have observed was with authentic student engagement and work completion. I have found that students WANT to do the work I assign them on Buncee. My students tend to be below level in reading and math. It is crucial to provide diverse learning experiences for my students.

A Simple Lesson Structure for Fostering Student Engagement #engaginglitminds

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Beginning dialogic engagement in the classroom simply requires getting children invested in an issue they can relate to and on which they have different perspectives and helping them engage each other’s perspectives. Engaging Literate Minds, pg. Engagement. This includes an emotional/social commitment to learning, as well as higher intellectual engagement with the content or skill. Then gradually release students to write their own persuasive essays.

Research Seeks Scale For Measuring Student Engagement

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Research Seeks Scale For Measuring Student Engagement. Educators believe that student engagement in the classroom is crucial to learning and that it can increase achievement and enrollment in challenging courses while decreasing dropout rates. Until recently, teachers and administrators lacked tools to measure the engagement levels of their students in the classroom. Wang found that engagement varied among different groups of students.

When virtual class time is innovative, student engagement soars

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It requires unconventional ideas, foresight, thoughtfulness, and dedication to student learning. And as the world becomes more connected, schools are making every attempt to help students develop the skills they’ll need to be a part of that interconnected world. In the Florida Virtual School (FLVS), students are learning in unique ways while developing these much-needed skills through individualized and personalized learning methods, said Sarah Sprinkel, FLVS elementary principal.

Summer SuperHighway: 3 Kyle Wilson Elementary Teachers on Internet Access and Student Engagement

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Recently, we interviewed three 5th grade teachers who shared more about the transformational role technology plays in student engagement at PWCS. We as teachers are able to learn from our students [about apps and technology]; that’s a big difference between last year and this year. Just yesterday we were discovering features we never knew before [from our students]. ESH: How has the upgrade impacted student engagement with the material?

How Reading Novels in Math Class Can Strengthen Student Engagement

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Every January, Nashville teacher Joel Bezaire reads The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time aloud to his students. While it’s easy to envision using math picture books in elementary school classrooms, literature for older grades poses a bigger challenge. The two occupy opposite ends of the secondary math spectrum — seventh-grade pre-algebra and 12th-grade calculus, respectively — and both have found ways to strengthen student engagement through reading.

Flexible Content & Tools: Part 3 - An Interview With an Elementary Educator

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Personalized learning represents a shift in how we teach students, a reflection of our changing educational landscape, and an acknowledgement that the world we must prepare our students for is different than the one we grew up in. One of the biggest ways education has already changed is in the content and tools students engage with.

How This Teacher Harnesses Student Curiosity with Hands-On Learning Experiences

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First grade teacher Byron Gilliland has combined Rigamajig (the right tool) with Deeper Learning (the right pedagogy) to facilitate a learning environment that sees all students embrace their curiosity, creativity, critical thinking and collaborative abilities to own their learning at a higher level.

It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

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We not only want students engaged, but also want to see evidence of learning aligned to high standards as well as the development and application of essential skill sets. Image credit: [link] The other day I had the unique challenge and opportunity of working with elementary teachers in the Spotswood School District. This was a particular challenge as the teachers of this particular school serve students in only grades pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first.

50 Things You Can Say To Encourage A Child

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50 Things You Can Say To Encourage A Child by TeachThought Staff There are many ways to encourage a child, but for students of any age, honest, authentic, and persistent messages from adults that have credibility in their eyes are among the most powerful. Teaching Elementary School New Teacher Student Engagement Trending

Planning for Elementary School Closures #CoronaVirus #CoVid19 #RemoteLearning

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At these times teachers, schools, and districts may decide to give students homework packets with various activities. In the age of technology, planning for secondary students has become a bit easier as many schools already use platforms like Google Classroom, Schoology, or Microsoft Teams. Additionally, childcare is not as a big of a concern for older children, but what about elementary school students? Have all students log in during class.

How school can look more like an episode of Phineas and Ferb

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With three elementary-aged kids at home, I’ve seen my fair share of Disney Channel shows. Teaching creating creative teaching creativity innovation inpsiration phineas and ferb student engagementIt started with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse many years ago and has since evolved to Good Luck Charlie. (I’ll I’ll actually get the theme song for that one stuck in my head and sing it all day. Not by choice.) I’ll tolerate [.].

How Student Agency Can Ease the Pain of Remote Learning and Teaching

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With summer and fall planning top of mind for educators across the country, one stubborn challenge is students’ online attendance and engagement—or, precisely, the lack of it. In many schools and districts, half or less of their students participate in remote learning. Many students are unable to participate virtually due to resource constraints. Many teachers watched their students brush off assignments and disappear from class.

50 Things You Can Say To Encourage A Child

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Back to School with Elementari

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Elementari is a wonderful new site for digital storytelling and project based learning. Educators are using this easy-to-use tool to have students create interactive digital stories, digital portfolios, presentations, and even choose-your-own-adventures. Best of all, the educational portal allows for educators to create student accounts and approve all stories before being published "(ideal for COPPA/CIPA compliance).

Grit, Tenacity, Inclusion — Robotics Programs Teach Much More Than STEM Concepts

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Not every kindergartner can boast that she helped build a robot with high school students. Not every kindergartner can boast that she helped build a robot with high school students. Growing increasingly interested in robotics, Kate and her sister tagged along to team meetings and were invited by the older students to join in the build. She saw how engaged her peers were in the activities, how they worked together and celebrated each individual’s skills and interests.

Tundra Connections: Back To Polar Bear Basics – Elementary

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Help your students understand this incredible bear and its habits using the virtual field trip and supporting resources in Discovery Education. Since 2010, Discovery Education has teamed up with Polar Bears International to bring students a series of webcasts during the annual polar bear migration. Use the video Polar Bears: By the Numbers as a model, and have students use images to create original presentations of new knowledge.

Want to Boost Reading Scores? Build Silent Reading Stamina.

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When the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders at Golden Grove Elementary School in Palm Beach County, FL pad around the classroom in their (possibly) smelly socks, everyone cheers. It’s not because these students and teachers have a peculiar penchant for fetid footsies. Rather, Stinky Feet Day is the students’ hard-earned reward for reaching new benchmarks in silent reading. Linda Edgecomb is the principal of Golden Grove Elementary and a huge fan of Stinky Feet Day.

Reaching the Quiet Kids in Class

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As a student, my mindset was that everything needed to be perfect; anything less was unacceptable. However, from the time I was in elementary school, it was difficult to complete assessments on time, and it always took me unreasonably long to finish homework in the evening. As he lectured, he would randomly pick names from the stack to call on students. I understand the importance of engaging every student and making sure each child is actively listening.

We Live in a Diverse World. The Books Kids Read Should Reflect That.

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When I jumped into “Piecing Me Together” by Renee Watson last fall, I walked away with a new perspective on the ways students of color may feel when offered opportunities (with the best of intentions) that don’t feel like opportunities to them at all. In my role as collection developer for my elementary and preschool libraries, I often find myself wanting to add a rich diversity to the available stories—characters that don’t look like me, think like me or live like me. I’m white.

One District's Journey From 'State of Emergency' to Student Success

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Morale was low, teacher turnover was high and residents didn’t trust that Allendale could educate their students. Morale was low, teacher turnover was high and residents didn’t trust that Allendale could educate their students. In a conversation with EdSurge, Gilmore—who became Allendale’s superintendent a year ago—discusses how she is turning around her district, and outlines her six-step instructional process that drives teacher and student success.

This Math Program Helped Students Blow State Test Scores Out of the Water

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As principal at Chula Vista School District’s Salt Creek Elementary, Lalaine Perez saw the need to better support a growth mindset around math in the years following the transition to California’s new Common Core standards. Although the district had successfully implemented conceptual approaches to math instruction for several years, the shifts in the new standards were challenging for some students. Sixty-two percent of Montgomery students are English language learners (ELL).

This Math Program Helped Students Blow State Test Scores Out of the Water

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As principal at Chula Vista School District’s Salt Creek Elementary, Lalaine Perez saw attitudes toward math bottom out in the years following the transition to California’s new Common Core standards. The anxiety it created for parents and students—and even teachers, because it was something new—was awful. Students also needed support when it came to the end of year state assessments. “We Sixty-two percent of Montgomery students are English language learners (ELL).

How to Get Started With Genius Hour for Elementary Classrooms?

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It’s important to let them explore new things that may not be present in your curriculum but are in your students’ heads all the time. Genius Hour is a concept which allows students spend a set amount of time (usually one hour per week) exploring their passions, researching topics of interest and experimenting. It encourages diversity thinking and creativity in the classroom, teaching students to work independently and pursue their passions. Talk to your students.