ESSENTIAL QUESTION: HOW DO WE KEEP OUR LESSONS ENGAGING? DOES INNOVATION PLAY A PART IN THIS?
I do believe that innovation can have a positive influence on keeping our students engaged. What better way to get student engaged then using our current day innovated technology, which seems to be tablets and smart phones. I can find endless free apps on just about any topic. I love that we can recommend using an app to support a lesson plan or one to build a concept map that allows an introverted student express inner Einstein.
I liked all the hooks I read in Burgess book about teaching like a pirate. I was a great read that had so many ideas. I will use his idea of using a hook in the introductory part of my lesson plan. The preview Education article had many ideas to about not only engaging but maintaining the connection with your students. 5 steps you can follow to actively engage your students and help them feel personally connected to their learning:
- Connect what you’re teaching to real life
- Use students’ interests and fascinations
- Give students choices
- Present information in multiple formats
- Teach students self-monitoring skills
In addition, here are few rules of Engagement I found useful from Frondeville:
- Start with a Class Mind Warm up
- Use Movement to Get Kids Focused
- Use Quickwrites When you Want Quiet Time and Student Reflection
I feel that the class warm ups are a great idea. They help students interact with peers which makes them feel connected. Children are not built to sit still. They love to get up and move. Blogs are a great way for students to write down what they learned. It helps them learn how to write notes and to see peer students work.
Checklists are also a great idea to ensure we are using latest trends. My daughter loves Musical.ly, two months ago I had no idea what that app was. Now I can hear making videos all day lol. She makes videos about her daily lessons in a variety of subjects and her middle school friends will replay in a response video about homework.
Burgess, D. (2012). Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost your Creativity, and Transform your Life as an Educator.
Frondeville, Tristan De. (2009, August 3). How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class. Retrieved Jan 21, 2017 from: https://www.edutopia.org/classroom-student-participation-tips
The Preview: Education. (2012 Feb). 5 tips for getting all your students engaged in learning. Retrieved Jan 21, 2017 from: http://archive.brookespublishing.com/articles/ed-article-0212.htm