Engagement Strategies For The Classroom

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on May 7, 2015 4:07:29 AM

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Educators can use a multifaceted approach to to help all students gain access to academic content. Meeting the needs of a class of diverse learners requires teachers to employ a variety of engaging techniques.

Strategies to engage students include:
  • Assessing student's prior knowledge
  • Direct Instruction
  • Explicit instruction (a clear explanation of the content)
  • Guided Practice (the student engages in practice with help from the teacher)
  • Play academic learning games
  • Utilize music
  • Teach and sing songs
  • Chart and practice chants
  • Post visuals for reference
  • Utilize standards based practice materials
  • Incorporate technology (I-Pad, desktops, laptops)
  • Give students and families access to educational websites (Big Universe is an excellent website for literacy)
  • Have students create presentation using Powerpoint, Pages or Keynote
  • Lets students practice with educations Apps
  • Educational videos
  • Project Based Learning
  • Online writing programs
  • Hands-on materials to increase engagement
  • Engage the multiple intelligences
  • Integration of art into the lessons
  • Online books
  • Integration of multiple subjects
  • Academic Posters for reference
  • Close Reading
  • Brainstorming and Discussion
  • Drawing and Art work
  • Graphic organizers, semantic maps and word webs
  • Humor
  • Student created movies (students can use i-movie or other)
  • Manipulatives, experiments, labs and models
  • Metaphors, analogies and similes
  • Mnemonic Devices
  • Storytelling
  • Visualization and guided imagery
  • Drama and acting out learning
  • Incorporate music, rhythm, rhyme and rap
  • Writing and Journals
  • Videos and documentaries
  • Read, study and write poetry
  • Other strategies as needed

Utilizing Online Books

nonfiction books

Students can reading colorful and engaging titles that can assist in learning the key standards and concepts. They can document new learning in their Reading Journals. These books offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Big Universe offers thousands of titles in many different languages on a multitude of topics. Find texts in multiple genres as well as teacher resource guides on the Big Universe website.

Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 11.33.13 AMThree-Minute Tales

This global collection of 80 very short tales from Europe, Asia, the Americas and even a story from Africa include chants, scary ghost stories, humorous stories and more.

Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 11.34.14 AMPatriotic Songs

This social studies book contains high-interest content to hook reluctant readers. Readers are exposed to the poetic structure of familiar American songs and identify the sequence of events in the development of these songs.
Big Universe Free Reads