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Student Engagement

Posted on June 06, 2011

Engaging Experiences There is probably no more important factor that can impact learning than student engagement—or the lack of it. If students are not attentive and involved, learning will not happen. Teachers sometimes are frustrated when their students are not tuned in to the planned learning activities. In his analysis of how to re-engage his students, high school English teacher Andrew Marcinek shared his observation: “Last week I observed a tired classroom. My English class look

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Increase Student Engagement: Why and How

Posted on May 05, 2011

One of the schools that I have been working with for a few years asked me to help the leadership team, including grade level PLC facilitators, examine how teachers could increase student engagement. Their district classroom walkthrough data identified classrooms as high student engagement, well managed, or dysfunctional. This building had very few observations that were labeled dysfunctional. Grade level findings ranged from 50%-79% of the time classrooms were well managed rather than highl

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MEASURING MY STUDENTS’ ENGAGEMENT

Posted on April 04, 2011

In an Edutopia blog, Ten Steps to Better Student Engagement, Tristan de Frondeville describes the importance of teachers being conscious of their students’ degree of engagement. He suggests cultivating an engagement meter: “Be acutely aware of when your students are paying strong attention or are deeply engaged in their tasks. Master teachers create an active-learning environment in which students are on task in their thinking and speaking or are collaboratively working close to 100 percen

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Project-Based Learning = Student Engagement

Posted on April 04, 2011

Ten Steps to Better Student Engagement As a teacher, my goal was to go home at the end of each day with more energy than I had at the beginning of the day. Seriously.  A teacher in one of my workshops said, "When my students and I are in the flow, then I don't feel like I have to work as hard." I heartily agree. When 90 to 100 percent of my students are excitedly engaged in their tasks and asking deep and interesting questions, I experience joy, and joy is a lot less tiring than the frus

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Park City Gets it Right!

Posted on January 01, 2011

Park City Gets it Right! Observations from a Professional Development Specialist. Achievement Gap? The achievement gap is an academic language gap. In most schools, the lowest performing subgroups continue to be English Language Learners (ELL), students in special education, and students in poverty. The common denominator between each of these three groups is the lack of proficiency in academic language. ELL’s lack of academic language is due to lack of exposure (language different).

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM DR. ANITA ARCHER REGARDING YOUR PRACTICE OF EXPLICIT INSTRUCTION!

Posted on January 01, 2011

Dr. Anita Archer, teacher extraordinaire, taught her way across Utah last week in a whirlwind tour interacting with 1,000 Utah educators. Her message to all educators is simple: "How well we teach = how well they learn!" In this video, Dr. Archer discusses the research and rationale for explicit instruction versus discovery learning. CLICK HERE to download a sample chapter from her new book: explicit instruction. If you haven't done so already, you should check out the Anita Arche

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