Week 9 – Student Engagement

Learning Goal: To create interesting lessons and related activities that will encourage discussions, debates, movement and further engagement both in the classroom at home.

Link: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/fliperentiated-instruction-create-customizable-classroom-joe-hirsch

Specific Resource:

Differentiated instruction is noted for, among other features, flexible groupings, scaffolded content, diverse instruction, and student choice. It challenges teachers to be more responsive to each student’s readiness, learning style, and prior knowledge. A differentiated classroom resembles a chamber orchestra, with different students playing different notes at different times, as their teacher conducts their learning simultaneously.”

“The stubborn part about differentiation, of course, is trying to synchronize the learning of an entire class in which not every student learns or does the same thing at the same time. Here is where flipped learning can provide a lifeline. By moving some of the entry-level learning goals outside of the classroom — largely (but not exclusively) through self-paced, scored video instruction — teachers can mobilize their students in “right size” learning activities immediately upon arrival. These live classroom activities (ranging from small groups to partnerships to direct instruction) draw upon and build out the content studied in the individual learning space (perhaps the night before at home). In effect, students first explore their learning on a single, self-guided path, but then navigate, with others, a map of interlocking trails to discover their ultimate destination.”

Reflection:

In my opinion the overall goal of enhancing student engagement is to find effective ways to reach every student in your classroom. Differentiated instruction and flipping the classroom could be an effective strategy in accomplishing all of the learning goals that I have noted over the duration of the course. This particular resource caught my eye because I personally believe it accomplishes all of my learning goals. This resource will help me meet my final learning goal because it provides instruction on how to ‘flipperentiate’ the classroom which I believe will enhance student engagement and retention. This resource along with the resource from week eight will create a student engagement centered learning tactic and help me create lessons that provide the opportunity to discuss, debate, engage and move in the classroom. From this resource, to become a better teacher what is left is to learn how to create activities and lesson plans that will make this strategy as effective and interesting as possible.

– Katrina

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Week 8 – Student Engagement

Learning Goal: To find ideas on how to modify specific lessons to grasp the attention and engagement levels of every student in the class, even when the subject material is not interesting to some students.

Link: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/flipped-classroom-in-class-version-jennifer-gonzalez

Specific Resource:

“An In-Class Flip works like this. Just like with a traditional flip, the teacher pre-records direct instruction, say, in a video lecture. But instead of having students view the content at home, that video becomes a station in class that small groups rotate through. The rest of their time is spent on other activities — independent work and group work, with some activities related to the lesson and others focusing on different course content. As with a traditional flip, the direct instruction runs on its own, which frees the teacher for more one-on-one time with students.”

Reflection:

            After completing a portion of assignment one, the Flipped Classroom became an intriguing strategy that I would love to try when I am a teacher. Although, flipping the classroom has its pros and cons, this author found a way to take baby steps into flipping the classroom. This resource caught my eye because I believe it is an excellent way to be sure students are doing what they are supposed to be doing. First off, by having different stations around the classroom, the students are engaged because they can collaborate with other peers at the same station, they are moving around to different stations and completing tasks that fully showcase their learning. Flipping the classroom is an excellent strategy for engaging students and the teacher is then also present to assist the students in any way possible. The teacher can act as a mentor in the classroom while the students have self-directed learning. This helps me meet my learning goals because I believe it would be one of the best ways to engage all students in the material. To become a better teacher I would find easy ways to implement this strategy in the classroom.

– Katrina