Fall Classroom EngagementFall is here with its crisp air, crimson, orange and bronze leaves and restless students who've left the honeymoon period of the new year behind and are settling into their
fabulous not-so-new anymore teachers. Our job now - ensure forward progress towards grade level mastery of the current standards and engage students with interactive lessons and innovative pedagogy.
Three Ways to Keep Students Engaged
Way to Keep Students Engage Number 1:
Way to Keep Students Engage Number 2:
same four. Take this as a red flag and using EFs requires the participation of all students. Prepping your EFs with students will be time well spent. Using a folder or manila envelope and put in the following:
- a laminated piece of cardstock - to use as a small whiteboard
- a dry-erase pen
- an index card with true on one side and false on the other
- laminated content related charts (as applicable) - a hundreds chart, a period table of elements, a map - anything you need. These can be added on a need-be basis
- A small envelope with index cards, or scraps of paper (for quick draws or quick writes)
- Guided note-taking template
- Multiple-Choice hold up cards - I like an index card with A,B,C,D,E and a paperclip slider
- If you have other items to add - please leave them in the comments section.
Way to Keep Students Engage Number 3:
Awesome Autumn - Tons of free lessons on Education World's website - including:
A Broom's Story: Grades 3-6 Students learn about point of view in this lesson. They write a story about a witch's adventures from the point of view of the witch's broom. Older students - clear through grade 12 have fun with this one as well.