Thursday, September 8, 2016

Thursday Thoughts ... Student Engagement

Student Engagement

So many possibilities!

Students want to be known, for us to know that they are in the room, that they matter!

  • Greet them daily - high fives, fist bumps, handshakes 
  • Know their interests - ask about the game, the concert, the artwork, their weekend
  • Use that time right before the bell rings to chat a bit casually with students
Passion is infectious!
  • Students take cues from us ... get excited about the concepts
  • Use math riddles, puns, puzzles to generate interest
  • Love the work students do ... post it around the room!
Novelty and variety ... the spice of life!

Check out these resources ...
Global Math Department  Cultivating Mathematical Reasoning
Algebra's Friend  Phrasing to Engage All Learners in the Math Classroom  
Fawn Nguyen's Seven Deadly Sins
ASCD Article: Strengthening Student Engagement: What Do Students Want
Blog by a student:  4 Engagement Tips

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