The Longhorn Lookout

W. T. White High School . . . "Where our future begins"

Week of April 27, 2015

Welcome to the new and improved Longhorn Lookout. Over the next few weeks I will be trying out some new formats. Please let me know what you like and don't like.

WTW PTSA Celebrates Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

Monday: Thank You Posters & Balloons
Tuesday: Cookie Delivery by Tiff's Treats (Come to the Main Office during lunches)
Wednesday: Inspiration Messages
Thursday: Celebration Breakfast (Come to the Coffee Bar before school starts)
Friday: Sweet Treat & Gift Card Drawings

Student Focus & Engagement

Seven Ways to Increase Student Engagement

Why do we want learners of all ages to be engaged during instruction? Because involved students learn more efficiently and are more successful at remembering what they learned. In addition, students who are engaged in learning are more likely to become passionate about learning in general. Student engagement is one byproduct of effective instruction that has major pay offs. Now that you know how to measure your students’ level of engagement, how can you increase the amount of time that students in your class are engaged in your instruction? Here are some suggestions:

  1. Use the 10:2 method. For every 10 minutes of instruction allow the students 2 minutes to process and respond to the instruction. This can be done in various ways by having them write what they have learned, questions they may have, or by discussing the content with a fellow student.
  2. Incorporate movement into your lessons. Require students to respond to a question by moving to a certain spot in the room, writing on whiteboards, or standing (or sitting) when they are done thinking about the question, etc.
  3. Pick up the pace. One misconception is that we must go slow for students to really understand and engage in a lesson. There is a lot of evidence that shows that when teaching is at a brisk instructional pace, students have more opportunities to engage, respond, and move on to the next concept (Carnine & Fink, 1978; Williams, 1993; Ernsbarger et al., 2001).
  4. Provide frequent and effective feedback.
  5. Allow students 5-7 seconds of ‘think time’ when asking a question. At the end of the time draw a random name to answer the question.
  6. At the end of a lesson have students use the 3-2-1 method of summarizing by having students record three things they learned, two interesting things, and one question they have about what was taught. Allow time to share their findings with a peer.
  7. Periodically pause mid-sentence when teaching requiring students to fill in the blanks.

New Feature - Please join me in a virtual PLC

Use this tool to hold a virtual meeting on a particular topic. Watch "The Wingman" video above and/or read the article, "Seven Ways to Increase Student Engagement" and then open the link above to share your thoughts.

This Week in Longhorn Country

April 28th

Baseball-v-Irving @ WTW 5:00 pm

April 29th


SAT Testing- all juniors will participate

April 30th

Longhorn College: “Clickers” in Room 134 at 8:00 am

Theatre Arts – Black Box Musical: Day & Evening Performances

May 1st

Theatre Arts – Black Box Musical – Evening Performance

Faculty & Staff Social at McFadden's

Baseball-v-Irving @ Irving HS 7:30 pm

May 2nd

Credit Recovery 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Tutoring 8:30 - 12:00 pm

Baseball-v-Irving @ WTW (JV-10:00 am/12:00 pm)

Upcoming Events

May 4th
EOC Testing - Algebra I
AP Testing: AM - Chemistry & Environmental Science
AP Testing: PM - Psychology

May 5th
EOC Testing - Biology & US History
AP Testing: AM - Calculus AB & Calculus BC

May 6th
AP Testing: AM - English Literature & Composition
AP Testing: PM - Physics 1

May 7th
AP Testing: AM - Spanish Language & Culture
AP Testing: PM - Art History

May 8th
AP Testing: AM - US History & Studio Art Project Submit