SIOP and engaging students

Does that sound like a tall order?  Engaging students for the entire class?  Well, consider what we have if we don’t have engaged students:  nothing.  Student engagement is paramount to learning and the first ingredient as it signifies desire, a willingness to learn.  Fortunately, SIOP provides a ton of clues as to how we can gain and maintain student engagement in our classrooms. SIOP and engaging students

SIOP Feature #25: Engage Students 90-100% of the time

Student engagement is a critical ingredient to learning and teaching.  If students are not engaged, how can they willingly learn anything?  Student engagement must be the first, second, third, and final thing that goes through our minds as educators.  If students aren’t engaged, we need to ask ourselves why and try and determine the best course of action.  Here are three things you can do to re-engage a disengaged classroom of students:

Mix-n-Mingle Time:  Get students up and moving.  If students aren’t engaged, ask them to stand, find a friend, and talk about two things:  (1) what they were day dreaming about (2) what their big take away from the lecture was.  Any time we can get students up and moving, we get the blood flowing, we change the scenery a bit, and we re-engage them.

Turn-n-Talk Time:  Get students to speak to other students.  When you sense lack of engagement, try getting the students to do a pair share.  Sharing something with a partner has the effect of getting students to engage again in their own learning process.   Students learn more from one another than they do their peers; the effective teacher is the one who knows that and whose teaching reflects that. ​

​​Student Do Time:  Get students to do the work.  When we do more work than we should, students disengage as they take a passive role to their own learning.

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