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Measuring engagement

Mar 26, 2013 9:23am

When we measure student engagement from an instructional perspective, what specific things should we be looking for. Are there effective tools/instruments for administrators/coaches to use to provide information/feedback for teachers about the level of engagement in their classrooms.

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  • Pre K-8
  • Common Core / Engagement


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    • Apr 1, 2013 10:15pm

      I don't have another set of eyes like that, but I often video my classes, especially where I am perceiving problems. I get a much more objective look at each student that way. What I usually find is that the student I thought was totally engaged in shenanigans rather than with me actually is more engaged than I thought, .although there might be plenty of minuses as well. I also can watch myself, and I usually act a lot calmer than I remember feeling (a good thing). But I don't really know what to do with my "data". It does help me to be more objective and sometimes helps me feel better about certain students or myself.

      • Mar 26, 2013 5:45pm

        Michelle- I find that it's really helpful to collect qualitative data, using student voice to inform instructional practice. Teachers can administer an open ended questionnaire which includes questions like, "Which class do you look forward to the most and why?" and "Which assignment in X's class has been the most interesting and why?" You can then do a theme analysis on the results to determine how engaged students are. I survey my class often and urge them to be honest because I really want to create the most engaging learning environment possible without sacrificing academic rigor. Before answering questions, I teach them about warm and cool feedback and how to make suggestions respectfully and productively. They love that I value their opinion.

        Good luck!

        • Jun 5, 2013 5:25pm

          Like someone mentioned earlier, the +/- thing can help you quantify the level of engagement or lack thereof. To increase the level of enagement, which doesn't necessarily translate to on-task behaviour unfortunately, I have students in the middle-school working in teams. I tell them what my expencations are and I told them that I will do a lot of circulation. If they notice that their teams are being awarded with points, it's a good sign because I'm hearing student engagement. I use that as a data to gauge the level of engagement. I also have them self regulate and see who in their team might not be making any positive contribution. So there's a couple of things at work here, my hovering/circulation and a mini survey I have them take to see the dynamic in each team. There's been the times when at least 50% of the teams are totally off task and so I "divorce" their teams and go back to individual activity. Working in teams is a privilege that is not to be taken for granted. But any student who