May 15, 2016
Active Engagement & Routine-The Best Strategies for Reducing Student Misbehavior the Last Few Weeks of School
Use of Inquiry Learning to Promote Engagement
Erin Schoening shared this story with me last week.
"When I was in Kaitlin's room the other day, her students were having a structured "genius hour". The students were able to research anything they wanted to related to force and motion. The students had a google doc that they were using to record questions and a shared doc for experiments that they wanted to try in class, but needed materials. Many students were finding experiments online and either recreating them, or making a plan to recreate them. Rylee Tierney found a youtube video about air resistance. After watching the video, she completed an experiment SEVERAL times with different variables. Then she grabbed her chrome and informed me that she was going to record her experiment and put it on her portfolio! It was such a powerful example of purposeful, student driven inquiry."
It also is a powerful example of how student choice and empowerment can lead to increased engagement. We want to give our students reason to be academically engaged for the remaining 3 weeks of school.