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How can I get teachers to plan for more student engagement?

Nov 8, 2014 8:19pm

I am an assistant principal at a 6-12 school. Our classes are only 54 minutes long. I want to help teachers understand the importance of students being actively engaged in the learning process. I am also trying cut down on discipline issues.

  • English Language Arts / Math / Science / Social Studies / Technology
  • 6-12
  • Behavior / Engagement


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    • Nov 9, 2014 12:30pm

      Hi I also have been working on that in my school. I found that if you search for total participation techniques a lot of great ideas pop up. I just went in to a SS classroom on Friday and co-taught with the teacher to show how it works - kids loved it and it was the first time I saw this teacher smile and have fun with their 5th grade students!

      • Nov 9, 2014 9:02pm

        During a staff meeting you could ask teachers to share ways that students could be more actively involved in the design of projects and lessons. Doing this could provide teachers with ideas of how to engage their students and also open up the conversation about the importance of this engagement.

        • Oct 15, 2015 3:49pm

          Engaging students can be dirty. If I were an admin, I would model some strategy your staff can apply. One way of engaging them is through structured collaboration, jigsaw group, fishbowl, huddles, or it can be as simple as pair-share moments. Accountability is also important so some product must reflect this activity on paper by individuals or as 1-work per team product. They may be used as exit slips. Kagan strategies is a good resource. Some of your teachers could already be doing these things so it's a matter of you soliciting their help. Invite them to share their strategies during PD sessions.