Week 5 – Student Engagement

Learning Goal: To find lesson design plans that enhance student engagement.

Link: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/planning-lesson-telling-story-karen-lea

Specific Resource:

11th – 12th Grade Standard

Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

Beginning: If you have an iPad, there is a Twilight Zone app. This app gives you the start of a story, then stops. Use something similar to that. Show an exciting video clip, have a storyteller visit your room and start a story. Then have students, in groups if you want, finish the story. Tell them any conclusion is acceptable as long as they can provide argument how the conclusion relates to the story.

Now that we have our beginnings, what about the middle? This does not mean the middle is boring. However, since we do have everyone’s attention, the middle is full of information. Look at the standards we are using; what would be your middle? Post it in the comments section below, and let’s talk.

And then there’s . . . the ending! This is where you bring the lesson to a close. You might do that by repeating the beginning, you might give the conclusion yourself, or lead the students there and let them give the conclusion. When you create the ending, you are answering the question, “What do I want my students to remember?”

Reflection:

            This resource is an excellent way to hook students on the material for the lesson right from the beginning. It is important to engage students in the first few minutes of lesson, for if the lesson is interesting from the beginning, students will already begin to disappear into their own worlds and the teacher would lose their attention almost immediately. This resource provided a specific lesson plan design that aims to engage students by presenting the hook in an interesting way, followed by the material and finishing with a reflection of the lesson. This is a great way to find out which students were engaged and which weren’t, and also a good reflection on the lesson itself. It is a great assessment tool for yourself as a teacher and can determine what needs to be changed for the next time. From here to make myself a better teacher I want to use the resource from week three that I found and create my own activities that will enhance student engagement.

-Katrina

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