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Engaging Students-10 tips that we use & love from @Edutopia

on March 18, 2012

Several friends posted a great list from Edutopia on Facebook this weekend. I also kept seeing it pop up in web searches. So, I had to check it out!

Ten Tips for Engaging Underperforming Students

The list is great & I think everyone should read it!

So many of us do these things without even thinking about them. We use activating strategies, use higher order thinking skills and questioning, we write EQ’s on the board (either from habit or as part of administrative directive), we get our students up and moving, we center our rigorous lessons around the students to make sure they have buy-in to the lesson. We do these awesome things and more every day and that makes me happy.

The list is especially awesome to be because it focuses on students at Cochrane Collegiate Academy, in Charlotte, North Carolina who have made a huge turn around. They call these tips IL (Interactive Learning) and they go into every lesson, every day. While I am never a fan of mandates that say tell teachers things that they must do daily in their classrooms, I can’t argue with the fact that these are 10 things that should be happening in every classroom on a daily basis. They shouldn’t just happen in classrooms that need to improve, either. These are 10 simple (and pretty much free) ways to get students to participate, fully engage, and take learning seriously! Who wouldn’t want that?!

As always, I’d love to hear your ideas!

What do you think about the 10 IL tips?

Do you use them?

Do you have others to add to the list?

Have an awesome week!   ~Mandee

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