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W. T. White High School . . . "Where our future begins"
Week of April 27, 2015
WTW PTSA Celebrates Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Provide frequent and effective feedback.
- 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.
- 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.
- Periodically pause mid-sentence when teaching requiring students to fill in the blanks.
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 TodaysMeet.com link above to share your thoughts.
This Week in Longhorn Country
Baseball-v-Irving @ WTW 5:00 pm
FACULTY MEETING: 8:30 AM OR 4:20 PM IN THE AUDITORIUM
SAT Testing- all juniors will participate
Longhorn College: “Clickers” in Room 134 at 8:00 am
Theatre Arts – Black Box Musical: Day & Evening Performances
Theatre Arts – Black Box Musical – Evening Performance
Faculty & Staff Social at McFadden's
Baseball-v-Irving @ Irving HS 7:30 pm
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)
EOC Testing - Algebra I
AP Testing: AM - Chemistry & Environmental Science
AP Testing: PM - Psychology
EOC Testing - Biology & US History
AP Testing: AM - Calculus AB & Calculus BC
AP Testing: AM - English Literature & Composition
AP Testing: PM - Physics 1
AP Testing: AM - Spanish Language & Culture
AP Testing: PM - Art History
AP Testing: AM - US History & Studio Art Project Submit