Engaging Students in Challenging Lessons
- Defining Student Engagement.
- Use the Florida common language so that all staff have a shared understanding of “engagement”
- See below:
- An engaging lesson is one that includes appropriate and meaningful activities that engage students in the learning process, address common misconceptions, and incorporate higher‐order thinking skills.
- Creating Interesting, Rigorous Lessons Relate to Students.
- Using effective grouping, movement, dialogue, debate, and pacing
- Defining rigor from the Florida common language
- See below:
- Rigor is a goal rather than a level of difficulty. Rigor is the goal of helping students develop the capacity to understand content that is complex, ambiguous, provocative, and personally or emotionally challenging. It is not about severity or hardship. All students need schools to provide both rigorous content and direct instruction in the skills needed to manage that content (see instructional strategies). There are different ways in which content can become rigorous (e.g. attention to interacting or overlapping ideas, dealing with dilemmas, identifying problems, conducting inquiry, evaluating alternatives, interpreting, identifying patterns).
- Monitoring and Adjusting.
- Recognize when students disengage
- Pay attention to the involvement of each student and acting to bring them into the lesson
- Make adjustments to pacing, grouping, questioning, etc. to keep the level of interest and engagement in learning high
- Supporting Documents & Videos.
Florida’s Common Language of Instruction
Alphabetical listing of Florida’s common language terms and definitions used to refine conversations and increase clarity
Marzano SBI Alignment Chart
The Florida State Model for Classroom Teacher Professional Learning and Evaluation and Alignment to Standards-Based Instruction
Danielson SBI Alignment Chart
The Charlotte Danielson Framework for Effective Teaching and Alignment to Standards-Based Instruction
Data Analysis and Cause and Effect
Corresponding Handout for Data Analysis and Cause and Effect from Phase 4 Certification Training for Download and Use as Professional Development in Florida Charter Schools
Certification Training Agenda
Agenda for Phase 4 Certification Trainings
High-Effect Size Practices & Teacher Evaluation
Presentation Slides for High-Effect Size Practices & Teacher Evaluation from Phase 4 Certification Training for Download and Use as Professional Development in Florida Charter Schools
Implementing High-Effect Size Strategies
Corresponding Handout for High-Effect Size Practices & Teacher Evaluation from Phase 4 Certification Training for Download and Use as Professional Development in Florida Charter Schools
High Effect Size Strategies
List of Indicators that have a Positive Impact on Student Learning Growth
Instructional Strategies- Force in Motion
Video of an Elementary Teacher Demonstrating High Effect Size Instructional Strategies.
High Performance Schools
Video of an Elementary School Teacher Speaking about School Success.
Strong Classroom Management
Video of a High School Teacher Discussing Engaging Teaching Strategies and Demonstrating a Chemistry Experiment