Student Engagement

Every student is engaged in the curriculum.
Keeping every student engaged in the curriculum is the primary challenge for any teacher. If your high school or middle school students are doing what they should be doing, then you do not have any management problems. Using student-centered curriculum, students can have fun, understand the purpose of what they are learning, and discover their world.
  • Getting Students Engaged in the Curriculum

    Classroom procedures and routines are essential for getting students on task. Once students enter the classroom, they should follow a routine up until they are dismissed from class. Routines are created by procedures. Students should work on a warm-up right when the starting bell rings. Work at the beginning of the class goes by many names: do now, starters, bell ringers, etc. This is a good routine for getting your students on task in class. A list of good classroom procedures is covered on the following page.
  • Keeping Students Engaged

    Having lessons that students actually want to learn will be your main tool for keeping students engaged. The other nine rules also help keep students on task. As you can see, everything comes back to student-centered curriculum.
  • Differentiated Learning

    Every student is different. Writing lessons that every student will want to learn is difficult. If you threw an ice cream party, would every student be happy? Probably not. What about students who are lactose intolerant? They might feel left out.
  • Differentiation is not only having multiple learning modalities in one lesson, it is using many lessons that concentrate on different learning modalities. Almost everyone is a visual learner, but those same people may be kinesthetic learners, as well. Be aware of which learning modality you are targeting in a lesson, and try to target a different modality the next day. This keeps your class fresh and interesting for all students.
  • Lesson Plans Inc. strives to create great curriculum. We incorporate multiple learning styles in our lesson plans. While it is hard for every lesson to meet the needs of every student, as a teacher you can meet their needs by incorporating multiple lessons with different modalities.
  • * Disclaimer: Before implementing any ideas from this website, please first consult your principal to make sure they are in compliance with state laws, district and school procedures.
  • " Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. "

Management Rule #1

  1. ngss life science apple logo Every student is engaged in the curriculum.
  2. Classroom procedures create consistency
  3. Check for understanding
  4. Create a safe classroom environment using respect.
  5. Use classroom consequences to correct wrong student behavior.
  6. Use the tone of your voice and body language to communicate.
  7. Academically challenge every student.
  8. Easily get your students' attention.
  9. Use a classroom seating chart.
  10. Increase participation by using collaboration.

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