Engagement Makes It Personal

Not long ago I visited with one of my former students. I taught him while he was in his senior year. By his own admission, his high school academic record was a little above average. After high school, he was able to enter a program at a nearby community college, and his academic marks were … Continue reading Engagement Makes It Personal

Student Engagement: It’s As Easy As ABC PFC!

The last quarter of the academic year can be challenging for students, because they are starting to focus more on their outdoor activities. Even so, there are ways that teachers can help students dig deep and engage in their learning.  In the article 6 Intrinsic Motivators to Power Up Your Teaching, author Mike Anderson identifies … Continue reading Student Engagement: It’s As Easy As ABC PFC!

Self-Determination and Intrinsic Motivation

Many years ago when I was an elementary music teacher, I challenged students in my 4th grade classes to compose and record original works for a grant-funded project. One particular student became more engaged than his peers. He asked if he could give up recess time and come to my room to work. He asked … Continue reading Self-Determination and Intrinsic Motivation

Benefits of SPIDER WEB Discussion

SPIDER WEB discussion in the classroom increases student engagement and provides a vehicle for improving student skills in the area of dialogue. In her book The Best Class You Never Taught: How SPIDER WEB Discussion Can Turn Students Into Learning Leaders, Alexis Wiggins notes the following additional benefits of regularly employing the SPIDER WEB discussion … Continue reading Benefits of SPIDER WEB Discussion

Student Research in Inquiry-based Learning

Student research is a vital part of inquiry-based learning. Larissa Pahomov, author of the book Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students Through Inquiry, identifies the following three qualities that must be present in student research if genuine inquiry and learning are to occur (pp. 42-46): Autonomy – Students need to have some choice … Continue reading Student Research in Inquiry-based Learning