Student Engagement

A Focus on Student Output

This is hopefully the first of many blogs inspired by the practices and goals established within Floydada ISD. Our message today, has been made possible by the amazing work instructional rounds teams have conducted at both primary and secondary campuses in the district.

I hope you find the resources here to be beneficial to your daily classroom practices. If you have inspiring ideas to contribute, I would love to hear all about them!

Yours in education.

Terra Chesshir

How do you engage students?

Take a moment to complete this 2 second survey, before reading how teachers in our district are including students in the learning process.

Clips to Contemplate

A recurring theme in discussions with teachers was accepting a range of student responses and finding ways to validate students even when they had not yet arrived at the correct conclusion. One idea that was expressed in response to an incorrect student explanation or to a student who is nervous about participating was this:

"I can help you change your success, if I know where you are at."

Check out this short video to see how one college professor uses techniques to validate students and encourage risk taking in a group discussion.

Ch. 5: Encouraging participation and acknowledging students' comments

Remarkable Reads

Games in the classroom can be a wonderful way to engage students and assess progress. Two examples of games student at FISD have participated in are headbands to demonstrate understanding of content vocabulary and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in the chemistry classroom.

Check out the link to learn more about the benefits of bringing games to your classroom!

Several teachers at the secondary level, stated that problem based learning is used to engage students in an authentic learning process. Teachers pose a question or problem and provide students with the appropriate materials to be able to create their own solution.

One teacher expressed that during this process they "play dumb" and truly let the students be the expert. At the culmination of the activity students share how they addressed the problem and the teacher also shares what steps they would have taken to solve the problem.

As described in the article and graphic below, this process can be used for student's to demonstrate prior knowledge in a content area. It may also be used to assess where students are at in their current unit of study.

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I hope this has given you a glimpse of the amazing things happening here at FISD. Continue to build a network of learning and reach out to teachers whose ideas you would like to learn more about! Many of the ideas shared here have links to take you to additional information.

Terra Chesshir, FISD Curriculum & Instruction

I hope you will join me on my journey as a life long learner!