New Research on Student Engagement Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

Engagement is such a challenge for schools—now more than ever. Lots of anecdotal evidence is floating around, but right now, we need answers for what produces strong student engagement. Engagement Is Multi-Faceted & Dynamic. Factors That Influence Student Engagement.

4 strategies to boost student engagement

eSchool News

As educators struggle with keeping a variety of balls in the air, one of the key issues in all settings is how to keep students motivated and engaged. Recently, a study of rural elementary teachers outlined a few key factors for engaging students and then keeping them engaged online.

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The Key to Better Student Engagement Is Letting Them Show You How They Learn

Edsurge

She asked her students who were learning remotely to build blanket forts. As you might expect, the students calculated the area, perimeter and volumes of their forts. More to the point, they were engaged. Inside the fort, students could tune out distractions and focus.

5 Ways Ed-tech Can Enhance Social Studies Lessons

Ask a Tech Teacher

Lately, I’ve concentrated on social studies. I chatted with my PLN, browsed forums where I knew efriends hung out, and taught a slew of online grad school classes to teachers who always are willing the discuss their newest favorite social studies tech tool. Like social studies.

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BetterLesson and Adobe release 300+ strategies for creativity, student engagement

eSchool News

As educators across the country work tirelessly to provide engaging lessons in new and ever-changing environments, there are still understandable concerns about low student engagement, low teacher morale , and a lack of professional development to meet teacher and students’ needs.

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How text and voice apps are changing student engagement

eSchool News

Classes became virtual, as did most everything else, and administrators, teachers, and students alike received a crash course on the finer points of digital learning technology. Of Mote’s 1 million users, most are teachers and students.

GoGuardian Finds Three Factors That influence K-12 Student Engagement Online and In-Person

eSchool News

The GoGuardian Research and Insights team today announced its comprehensive findings on the factors that create an engaging learning experience in K-12 schools, both online and in-person, in its 2020 State of Engagement Report. Making lessons relevant and relatable to students’ lives.

To tackle school climate, rethink student engagement

The Christensen Institute

These teams could strategically revamp school disciplinary measures with the goal of giving students more opportunities to reform their behavior—without sacrificing classroom learning or exacerbating their risk of run-ins with the law. In part, this has to be a conversation about race: harsh disciplinary practices represent just one barrier to ensuring that schools provide students of all racial backgrounds with a safe environment where they can learn and succeed.

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

Wisewire

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.

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

Dangerously Irrelevant

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.

Project-based learning boosts student engagement, understanding

The Hechinger Report

Seventh grade students offer feedback on projects by sixth graders at Stony Brook School, where about 40 students in each grade get interdisciplinary, project-based learning. This single assignment asks students to master science, math, history and language arts standards, which is par for the course for these sixth graders. There is direct instruction that takes place, but the work is being driven by the students’ passion and their ability to collaborate with each other.” .

A Simple Lesson Structure for Fostering Student Engagement #engaginglitminds

Reading By Example

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.

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. While the approached requires committing to careful rethinking of some of the most scared features of a course, it leads to a much higher level of student and teacher engagement. 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.

Using Friendly Academic Competition as a Way to Boost Student Engagement in Social Studies Education

Fractus Learning

Often when educators, parents, or administrators think of a “competitive” student, they’re probably more likely to envision someone in a physical-education class than a student of history. Apps Classroom Educators Games High History Miscellaneous Resources current events games gamification kahoot social studies socrative sports

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5 Technology tools that will keep your students engaged in the classroom

Neo LMS

Students are obsessed with technology and gadgets nowadays, so why can’t we use technology to keep them engaged while learning? Advances in technology have made it possible to make classroom learning fun, engaging and interactive. Today’s students are a lot more tech-savvy than ever before. You get a lot more participation from your students with online learning. 5 Technology tools to keep your students engaged in the classroom.

6 ways to boost student engagement in online/virtual classrooms.

Linways Technologies

But no matter digital or otherwise, one thing all teachers agree about student-teacher interaction is the engagement. Students should be engaged and made to be a part of the class. It’s only obvious that engagement is different too.

Understanding Student Engagement

eSpark

Effective 21st century educators are less concerned with running quiet, orderly classrooms, and more concerned with meeting the needs of every student and inspiring a lifelong love of learning. More and more teachers are turning to real world activities and digital content to motivate and excite students. What does student engagement look like? What it is: Students are more likely to be engaged in their learning when given some say in what they’re studying.

Boosting student engagement using the 4Cs of education

Neo LMS

I was present, I did my homework, studied very hard for my finals, yet I did not raise my hand to answer questions in class. The truth is: I was not engaged in the classroom. I was one of those students that were engaged on the surface, appeared to be listening, did not skip class, but learned little and has had to catch up later. Engagement is active. So what does engagement look like? Teachers play an essential role in motivating students.

Using Ed Tech Analytics to Measure Student Engagement

Omega Notes

Recent years have seen a considerable uptick in online learning as well as the availability of online course materials for student access; but access doesn’t equal engagement. So how can schools measure students’ academic interaction with available resources outside traditional classroom metrics? The Role of Engagement in Education Success. Ed tech platforms make collecting, aggregating, and analyzing student activity easy and accessible.

6 Steps that prove any teacher can create educational videos

Neo LMS

Student engagement is a big part of independent learning. We want students to actively interact with the learning material, no matter where they are and how they’re learning. You’re not controlling your students’ environments and distractions.

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Research Seeks Scale For Measuring Student Engagement

TeachThought - Learn better.

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.

Innovation Study Tours Explore Equity in Diverse Settings

Digital Promise

Often, the most powerful learning happens when students explore different perspectives, step outside of their typical environments, and are exposed to new ways of doing and thinking. The answer should always be students.

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It’s Time for Social Studies to Make a Comeback. Here Are 3 Insights for Educators.

Edsurge

Social studies is poised for a comeback in U.S. While ELA and math priorities have long enjoyed top billing on many district agendas, the importance of investing more in social studies instruction is now coming to the forefront, especially in an era when students are having to decode increasingly complex political and social issues. So how can schools use their investments in social studies instruction to best support student knowledge and understanding?

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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. While the approach requires committing to careful rethinking of some of the most sacred features of a course, it leads to a much higher level of student and teacher engagement. 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.

This District Tapped Students’ Histories to Create an Ethnic Studies Curriculum

Edsurge

This article is part of our upcoming guide, Social Studies: It's Time to ReInvest. How might we tap into our students’ and communities’ wealth of knowledge, creativity and ingenuity, to problem-solve our most pressing issues? After taking several ethnic studies classes in college, I began to earnestly reflect on my life with a race, class and gender (emergent) frame. Shortly after college, I became a social studies teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD).

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Play Like a Pirate: Fun That Doubles Student Engagement

Fractus Learning

Part of several recent conversations that I’ve had with educators have focused on different levels of student engagement. We started each conversation by discussing the following matrix: The different quadrants of the matrix ask students to think about how challenging a class is and whether they love or hate it. We use this to get usable data from middle and high school students by asking them to select one quadrant that best describes each of their classes.

Strategies for Motivating Students: Start with Intrinsic Motivation

Waterford

This quote is a great reminder that if we can get students curious and motivated to learn, we can set them up for a lifelong love of learning. Then, we’ll provide you with a few tips and strategies for improving your students’ intrinsic motivation. Gamification and student motivation.

How Reading Novels in Math Class Can Strengthen Student Engagement

MindShift

Every January, Nashville teacher Joel Bezaire reads The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time aloud to his students. 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. Novel study in pre-algebra. Questions related to plot and language, Bezaire said, help his less confident math students.

Celebrating Black History Month in the Classroom

Waterford

Read on for an overview of what Black History Month is and how to celebrate it with your students. Black History Month Background for Your Students. Your students may have some common questions about Black History Month, especially in light of recent social justice movements.

9 reasons why HyperDocs can transform your class

Ditch That Textbook

I have been enjoying creating, sharing, and using HyperDocs in my classroom for the past three years now after learning about them during the very first night of the inaugural #DitchBook book study Twitter chat. Ed Tech creative teaching edtech educational technology g suite google apps for education HyperDoc HyperDocs student engagement teaching

If I was teaching Social Studies today…

Dangerously Irrelevant

Some folks know that I started my education career as a middle school Social Studies teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina. For instance, if I was teaching Social Studies today… My students and I definitely would be tapping into an incredible diversity of online resources. The UC Davis California History Social Science Project frames current events within their historical context , connecting students’ present to the past.

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Civics Education Is Essential for Creating Engaged Citizens. I’m Hopeful It's About to Make a Comeback.

Edsurge

On a memorable morning in my high school civics class, the students—seniors, full of energy—learned about the formation and function of our legislative branch. A student on the opposing side retorted: “No way. history and civics to be studied in an interdisciplinary manner.

PROOF POINTS: Gifted programs provide little to no academic boost, new study says

The Hechinger Report

student population, it’s disturbing that Black and Hispanic children are rarely chosen for them. Others are seeking ways to increase the number of Black and Hispanic students. Researchers compared student performance before and after participating in a gifted program.

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Data Demands Action — Not Just a Dashboard

Edsurge

At the end of every academic year, school leaders routinely ponder what they could have done differently to better help their students succeed. Schools need leading indicators of learning progression that flag at-risk students before they fall behind. Would you like study support?

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New Research: Schools Using Technology for Greater Student Engagement

techlearning

Large screen, interactive displays that facilitate student collaboration improve engagement and enhance the learning experience and are a priority for many districts as they shift away from teacher-directed pedagogy. The number of makerspaces continue to increase with 28% of respondents reporting they have a place for students to make things. To read the study in its entirety, click here.