Social Studies Conference Region IV ESC Instructional Strategies that Increase Learner Engagement Holland Poulsen, M.Ed. [email protected] (281)498-8110 x6660 Learner Engagement Engagement precedes learning! An Action Plan
You can put your heart and soul into lesson design, but if students arent engaged, learning suffers. Working on the Work by Phillip C. Schlechty, Jossey-Bass. Learner engagement highlights characteristics that make classroom work engaging, relevant, and more effective. What is engagement?
To obtain and hold the attention of To be actively committed To participate To be engrossed To involve oneself or become occupied 8 Characteristics of Engaging Student Work
Protection from Initial Failure Affiliation Affirmation Choice Novelty and Variety Authenticity Hook Strategies Activate Prior Knowledge Before Reading List-Group-Label
List-Group-Label Using post-it notes, write down what you think you know about the civil rights movement. Use one post-it note for each statement. Once you have 1-3 thoughts written down, please come place them on the butcher paper. Hook Strategies Activate Prior Knowledge Before Reading
List-Group-Label Look & List Look and List Get an index card with a vocabulary term (image) listed on one side. Place a post-it note on the back. Ask at least three different people who they think the person is and what they did to influence the community. Write what they think on the post-it note.
Meet with the other people in the classroom that have the same term (person) as you. Create a group definition and write it down. Be prepared to share with everyone after five minutes. Line Strategies The Content During Reading Character Quotes
Character Quotes Read through the list of quotes attached. Think about the person who might have said the words quoted. Write down 2-3 words that describe one of the characteristics of the person who might have spoken these words. Turn and talk to someone near you and share at least one character trait that you listed.
Line Strategies The Content During Reading Character Quotes Emotional Timeline Emotional Timeline The idea behind this activity is to chart the main events in the main characters life as told in the story being read. As you read you record the main events that occur in the characters life. These should include important or
significant things that may be good or bad in the life of the character. When all events have been recorded from the story, you chart them on a line graph according to how good or bad they are in the life of the main character. When all events are charted you can see the how the emotions of the main character changed throughout the book. You can discuss the good and bad things that have happened to the character. Were there more good or more bad events? Sinker Strategies
Process New Information After Reading Definition Poem Definition Poem __________________________________________________________ Name it __________________________________________________________ Describe it, Rename it __________________________________________________________ Tell where it would be found
__________________________________________________________ Tell more about it __________________________________________________________ Use emotion words to tell how you feel about this __________________________________________________________ Explain why you used the emotion words on line 5 Example Eagle Our national bird Soaring near mountains and trees King of the air
Awesome predator Respected and feared by all Sinker Strategies Process New Information After Reading Definition Poem Bio-Poem Bio-Poem Line 1 First Name
Line 2 Title or occupation of the person Line 3 Four words that describe the person Line 4 Lover of (3 things or ideas) Line 5 Who believed (1 or more ideas) Line 6 Who wanted (3 things) Line 7 Who used (3 methods of things) Line 8 Who gave (3 things) Line 9 Who said (a quote) Line 10 Last Name Learner Engagement
8 Characteristics of Engaging Student Work Product Focus
Clear Product Standards Protection from Initial Failure Affiliation Affirmation Choice Novelty and Variety Authenticity Thank you! Instructional Strategies that Increase Learner Engagement
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