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Engaging and Motivating Students. An Active Participant PD August 11, 2011 Myssi Turner. Goals for PD. You will have a better understanding of engagement strategies. You will walk away ready to use over 50 possible strategies across the curriculum. Why engagement?. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • You will have a better understanding of engagement strategies.

    You will walk away ready to use over 50 possible strategies across the curriculum.

  • Engagement increases attendance and achievement.

  • The sooner you learn their name, the better!Learn more about your students by doing interest inventories, letters to the teacher, quiz about your teacher, or the following ice breaker.

  • Take your white paper and fold it into fourths.On the first fourth, illustrate your favorite part of summer break.On the second fourth, illustrate a superhero that you would want to be and why.On the third fourth, illustrate your favorite activity.On the last fourth, write the title of a movie that best represents you. Do not share at this point.You will have about 7 minutes to complete.

  • Story of Mr. Ray Brown 8th Grade Teacher Newport Middle School

  • Sometimes the simplest things will motive and engage students. Smiles and sincere compliments build relationships with students.

    http://youtu.be/Cbk980jV7AoThink, Pair, Share Partners speak for one minute. While your partner is speaking, you may not interrupt. After they are finished you must restate the main idea of what they said to prove you are a good listener, add on to their point, or state something you agreed with or politely state what you disagree with.

    Partner 1 speaks about a time when they felt validated in an educational setting (by their boss, a parent, a student, etc).

    Partner 2 speaksabout a time when they validated someone in an educational setting.

  • Gallery Walk is a processing and/or review strategy in which students create a product that visually or pictorially represents the learning that has just taken place. The products are posted around the classroom, and the students walk around the room checking out their classmates work. If the students work in groups, one student may act as the docent explaining the fine points of their project.Now you try

  • create a poster that illustrates one validation strategy to use with your students and colleagues.hang your poster throughout the room for others to view.

  • In groups of five or six, walk to one of the questions hanging on the wall. After reading the question and discussing with your team, write your answer on the poster chart.

    After time is called rotate to the next question.

    (Early Finishers can look through their 100+ Interactive Strategies)

    Video Begin at 29:37

  • Using your ELA Standards with your table discuss what areas the Question Walk Museum addressed.

  • Give One, Get One is a perfect strategy to use at the beginning of a unit. It asks students to write all that they know about the topic being studied, then to talk to a partner to add to their lists of written information.This prewriting activity helps students reflect on what they already know about a topic and gives the teacher an assessment of prior knowledge before introducing a topic. It engages students in writing and talking about a topic with partners and is a fast paced activity.(Power Tools for Adolescent Literacy)

  • Fold a piece of paper lengthwise to form two columns and write Give One at the top of the left-hand column and Get One at the top of the right-hand column.In your Give One Column, write take two minutes to write down everything you know about reptiles and amphibians.Now talk to other teachers about what is in their Give One column; write down any new information you get from discussions in the Get One column along with the name of the person who gave you the information. Whole Group Discussion; Add to Get One column

  • After surveying four 3rd grade students about the difference between amphibians and reptiles, I recorded their responses below. On the white paper write your response to: Which student do you agree with and why? Then fold the paper so no one can see your answer. Chris- Amphibians are the babies of reptiles.Hunter- Amphibians spend part of their lives in water and part of their life on land. When they are born, they look more fishlike then metamorph into their adult stage. They lay eggs. Reptiles do not lay eggs but have scaly skin and are cold blooded.Hollie- Amphibians have moist smooth skin and live the first part of their life in water and the second half on land. Reptiles have scaly skin and look like their parent as soon as they are born. April- Reptiles have live births and amphibians lay eggs.

  • Take your folded paper and begin walking to the music. Pass your paper to the first person you come across. Continue passing the paper until the music stops.When the music stops look at the answer your paper has.Go to the corner of the room where the name of the student is listed that your paper agrees with.Discuss the response with the others at your corner. Defend or oppose the answer that your person listed.

  • While reading the article use the Top Hat Comparison Strategy form to compare amphibians and reptiles. Then use the form to summarize your key points.

  • Discuss with your neighbors:Do these strategies help students practice and deepen their understanding of new knowledge? Why or why not?Discuss some ways these strategies might be used in your classroom.Choose a team captain to report to the whole group by seeing who had the most exotic vacation.

  • Text Opener: If your friend was thinking of leaving a safe, quiet life to do something adventurous, but risky- like exploring a remote, wild land- how would you talk him/her into doing it?How would you talk him/her out of doing it?While reading through the passage put question marks by things you have questions aboutwrite an A by things you agree withwrite a D by things you disagree withWhen we discuss and as I ask questions you must support your thoughts with the passage.

  • Principles of Shared InquiryShared Inquiry discussion is an intellectually rigorous groupactivity that focuses on the interpretation of meaning inwritten texts. It is Socratic in style and firmly text-based. Itmakes use of questioning techniques that help participants readactively, pose productive questions of their own about the ideasin a text, and listen and respond effectively to others.The Shared Inquiry method does not propose a formulafor finding truth, and its purpose is not to determine theconclusions that an individual or discussion group mightreach. It is based on the conviction that participants can gaina deeper understanding of a text when they work together andare prompted by a leaders skilled questioning. In the process,participants enjoy the benefit of diverse points of view, focusedexploration, and common discovery.Reading a challenging piece of writing and thinkingabout its ideas cannot be a passive process. Each participantis engaged in an active search for the meaning of the selectionat hand. With the energy and encouragement of the group,participants articulate ideas, support assertions with evidencefrom the text, and grapple with different possibilities ofmeaning. Often, this results in individuals learning how tobuild on one anothers insights and perspectives.

  • Reflect on the questioning strategies.Write a few things that you want to remember about them on your reflections page.Discuss with your table.

  • Each of you will receive a necklace.2. Do not look at the tag.3. You will work with a partner to give clues without stating the obvious about your word.4. First partner group that figures out their words win a prize!

  • Split your class into two groups.Name your team.Identify an initial spokesperson who will confer with his/her team during the time allotted (15 sec) and who gives the final answer.Each time the team gets a turn, a new student acts as the spokesperson.Flip coin to see who goes first.Deliver a question.If the team gets it right, they get a point and another turn.If the team gets it wrong, the other team can steal.

  • Opposites AttractTwo of a KindCreate a CategoryWhat is the Question?Who Am I?


    (accept all answers;

    can discuss why its

    incorrect after

    working through)





    4. Always Present

    Sometimes Present

    Never Present

    _warmblooded_____________ _walks on two legs _ _ _ _ _ __cold blooded_____

    _nurse their young _ walks on four legs _ _ _ _ ___________________

    _has hair or fur_________ _ swims in water_ _ _ _ _ ______________

    _________________________ _ _ _ _ can fly_ _ _ _ _ _ _ ___________________

    _________________________ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ___________________

    _________________________ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ___________________

    5. Explore Examples

    Examples: Nonexamples:






    6. Tie down definition: Use 1-6 of organizer to write a definition

    A mammal is a warm blooded vertebrate that has hair and nurses its young.

    Mammal 1.

    Vertebrate 2.

  • To engage students in writing, use word walls for each subject. Group words according to their unit so they are easily located. The more the student sees and hears the word, the better they will understand it.

  • Each student wore a Derby Hat or made a stick horse to showcase as they walked across stage while their name was called.

  • The element of surprise like me coming in dancing and the HUMOR of me trying to dance engages students so

  • In your content/grade level PLC revise or continue to work through BYOC ensuring activities reflect multiple forms of STUDENT ENGAGEMENT