Student Engagement

Here Are 3 Top SEL Strategies That Can Help Improve Student Engagement Right Now

Summary: The authors identify the importance of student engagement particularly in a time of remote or hybrid learning. They identify three elements of student engagement: [1] connected, safe, and welcomed; [2] choice, voice, and agency in their learning; and [3]connected learning. They go on to provide strategies for each of these key elements. Source: Alex Kajitani, Tom …

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6 Ways Teachers Continue to Promote Student Voice This Year

Summary:  This article makes suggestions as to how teachers can encourage student voice, even when working remotely.  These include connection, collaboration, checking for understanding, providing hands-on learning experiences, and maintaining a learning routine, among others. Source:  Cheryl Abla, Edutopia, December 8, 2020 Description:  “We all know the disruption the pandemic has caused in education, but …

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Connecting SEL to Academic Outcomes

Summary:  This article makes the connection between social emotional skills and four subject areas – visual and performing arts, social studies, health, and English language arts – and suggests that teaching these skills can be authentically done within the context of the subject matter.  These same ideas can be implemented in other subject areas as …

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4 Questions Every School Leadership Team Must Ask

Summary:  This article focuses on the work of school leadership teams and the necessity for these teams to focus on the act of teaching and learning.  The author poses four questions which stimulate discussion in team meetings as to how to make student learning authentic. Source:  Peter DeWitt, Education Week, November 22, 2020 Description:  “School …

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4 Powerful Ways to Engage Students This School Year

Summary:  This article focuses on the teacher as the main resource in building student engagement.  The authors suggest ways to build student engagement amid the pandemic crisis.  These include: be funny smile and laugh; create experiences, not activities; be visibly invisible (it’s about them); and treat every lesson as if you only get one chance. …

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Teaching the ‘New’ COVID-19 Social-Emotional Skills

Summary:  This article talks about the importance of continuing to develop and use social-emotional skills even in remote learning situations.  The author makes several recommendations concerning social-emotional learning during the pandemic. Source:  Sarah D. Sparks, Ed Week, September 2, 2020 Description:  “Learning is a social activity, but how can kids learn social skills when they …

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The Science of Keeping Kids Engaged—Even From Home

Summary:  This article talks about student engagement in online learning and the importance of the science of motivation.  The authors focus on creating a sense of belonging, connecting work to purpose and relevance, and hard work, failure, and mindset. Source:  Ian Kelleher and Chris Hulleman, Edutopia, August 21, 2020 Description:  “In short order, the move …

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Growth Mindset in a Pandemic: Teachers Talk About Building Resilience in Students

Summary:  This article provides comments by several teachers about the importance of maintaining a growth mindset during remote learning.  The teachers found that building resilience in students in the midst of a whole new learning paradigm was the first step toward successful online learning. Source:  Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week, May 29, 2020 Description:  “Students …

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Educators Get Creative To Serve Students With Disabilities

Summary:  This article talks about the difficulties associated with providing appropriate services to special needs students while engaged in distance learning.  Several examples are given where teachers offer some solutions to this problem. Source:  Elissa Nadworney, NPR, April 15, 2020 Description:  “As schools and learning have moved online, one of the biggest challenges has been providing …

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