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

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Week 3 – Student Engagement

Learning Goal: To find strategies for enhancing student engagement on a daily basis.

Link: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/21673641929705877/

Specific Resource:

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Reflection:

This particular resource was a great introduction to finding techniques on how to enhance student engagement because it provided an excellent infographic that shared numerous ways to engage students. This will help me meet my learning goal for this week because it provides different strategies for engaging students, without providing specific examples. For instance, one example on the infographic is to “Switch: switch it up frequently and keep them on their toes”. This is a great strategy for engaging students and good example on how to do so. From their I could further go on to search for ways to switch up the lesson and look into lesson designs or daily schedules that would keep students engaged. From this resource my next goal is find lesson designs and daily schedules that will enhance student engagement.

-Katrina

Week 2 – Student Engagement

Learning Goal: To grasp an understanding of how to engage students.

Link: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/differentiated-instruction-learner-interest-matters-john-mccarthy

Specific Information:
“Readiness + Interest = Engagement”

“Student interest in a topic holds so much power. When a topic connects to what students like to do, engagement deepens as they willingly spend time thinking, dialoging, and creating ideas in meaningful ways. Making learning contextual to real-world experiences is a key learning technique with differentiating for student interests”

Reflection:

This particular section of the article caught my eye because from my own personal experience, I have come to recognize that when students are interested in the material being presented to them they are more interested and eager to participate and learn. I feel this article helped with my learning goal for this week because it is a good introduction as to why student engagement is so important when it comes to learning and that differentiated instruction is an important concept when it comes to engaging students. Not every student will learn the same or be engaged in the same way. All students are different and so as a teacher it is important to find ways to engage all the students in the classroom. Teachers have a difficult job in finding a way to make subject material exciting and interesting for thirty different kids. To become a better teacher, I strongly believe that I should continue to find resources and different strategies on how to engage all students. This skill will be important especially in grades seven to ten because students do not have many choices in the subjects they must take and so it is even more likely that as a teacher I will encounter many students who are not interested in the subject that I am teaching them.

-Katrina