Reminders, Ideas, and Thoughts to Ponder...

1. Quotes....Hmmm...

-“Seek first to understand and then to be understood.” ~ Stephen Covey

-“Our only security is our ability to change.” ~ John Lilly

- “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve.” ~ Mary Kay Ash

-“We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction.” ~ Malcolm Gladwell

2. Seen and Heard:

- A team of educators working together to deescalate and protect an angry student for a long period of time were able to find a way to laugh even in rough moments!  Humor is healing!  :)

- SPED and general education teachers collaborating to determine the next best instructional moves for their students. Speaking of shared responsibility!!

- A Kindergarten teacher whose time spent modeling what partner talk looks like in learning has paid off with highly engaged students during literacy stations! Wow! They can do that at 5 years old?!?!

- A PE teacher able to quiet a gym of 95 5th graders in less than a few seconds because students are eager to hear what their next challenge will be!

- An entire staff who are still smiling after SEVERAL days of inside recess! 

3. Reflective Question- Is there anything you could abandon to get the kind of work done we need to do?  Don't add more-  let some less valuable pieces go...

4.  Questions Before Answers: What Drives a Great Lesson - Check this out!

5. How are your teammates doing?  Let's not forget to support each other in these busy times! 

6. Thought anymore about ritual compliance?  What role does a teacher play in the engagement of  students in his/her classroom?  Share in the comments section below by Monday afternoon and wear jeans next Tuesday.

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2 years ago
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Once students find a modicum of success it often provides a catalyst for increased engagement. Really looking for even the tiniest positive and providing genuine praise will create a snowball effect in the right direction.

2 years ago
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I got an eyeful of ritual compliance vs. active engagement in my classroom this week as I started the workshop model in Science. My fifth graders were much more engaged in their learning when they had the opportunity to learn in different settings and take responsibility for getting the work done at their own pace. I was uncomfortable, because it wasn't all planned out.... but learning occurred!!!

2 years ago
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Building strong relationships with students gives us the opportunity to be ourselves with them and to generate the trust that we believe in their own ability to help themselves and each other learn. If they trust me, they will want to be cooperative, so when I tell them I want so much for them to be a better reader or writer or mathematician, they become engaged in the ways to make that happen. That leads to choices and giving students a voice in how they "show what they know".

2 years ago
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Engagement is contagious. I thrive more when they are engaged too. If we can make their learning relevant & more real world they will want to buy in more because some of those questions are answered.

2 years ago
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The joy of kindergarten is that most of them are still very excited to learn new things. I find that students are very engaged and excited about learning when I can tell them specifically why they need to know that skill. All of my students are engaged when they are given the freedom and choice to do open-ended activities. They love to create new things, and with the right guidance and facilitation this is a very powerful time of learning.

2 years ago
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If my students have success at a challenging activity or are given creative freedom, they are highly engaged and want to repeat the activity over and over. I think it is important to provide opportunities for this type learning as often as possible. It is fun for the kids and the teacher!

2 years ago
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To piggyback on what Hope said above...I agree that relationship building is the first important step to success of students, which brings into play the engagement piece. If students know you believe in them and trust you as a teacher, they will eagerly take risks and grow in learning by being risk takers and learning from their successes as well as their mistakes.

2 years ago
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I was thinking that sometimes I am afraid they will just be bored and ritually comply with something we have gone over and over, but then I am happily surprised that while we may get bored the little ones like the routine. Now I just need to up the rigor of it in order to take it a step further.

2 years ago
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I think the teacher plays a huge role in engagement. If the students see we are having a good time doing the lesson or activity they will be more engaged and excited about the task at hand.

2 years ago
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Students must believe they can learn, including that they can overcome and learn from failure. Giving students some control over their learning helps develop this confidence and commitment to learning. My role as a teacher is to provide a safe and encouraging learning environment that values students' input and their unique needs.