This sounds like the opposite of this collection topic, but in fact it provides a great infographic with 27 awesome ideas of how to ramp up student engagement in your classroom. I instantly saved the image, printed, and laminated it to hang on my inspiration bulletin board above my desk for future reference when reflecting on a lesson or planning for future activities for my class!
If you've not read Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess, you are far behind the times! He is a master of student engagement strategies and his "hooks" that are discussed in depth in the book are amazing to say the least! I read the book for the first time last year and it truly transformed what I was doing in my classroom and helped me step up my game in terms of taking student engagement to the next level. This blog post encourages teachers to take the 30 day challenge of incorporating one hook
This is a fantastic resource that leads you through some of Laura Candler's best engagement strategies. This two part series is offered in a variety of formats making it very accessible by all users! I really liked the fact that I could download the transcript in Word and scroll and scan to find what I needed or use the Find feature in Word if was looking for something specific. The times listed in the chat even help you navigate!
Talk about a plethora of ideas! This is a tremendous resource that provides tons of links and strategies that can used in practically any classroom and at any grade level. I was particularly fond of the fact that there were videos embedded in the sections that showed some of the strategies in action!
This provides a discussion of one of my all time favorite activities to engage students, Grudgeball! It is an amazing game that is a fantastic review game or even a formative assessment tool that provides insight into what students know about a concept. The best thing I found was the videos embedded into this blog post that explain the concepts and show them in action in the classroom.
I've been doing this for a long time in my science classes using the lab tables as stations for students to rotate through. This version is very easily explained on this site and even provides a "how-to" video that makes it even more useful to teachers! In short, this idea of “Chat Stations,” are merely discussion prompts that students visit just like stations, but instead of performing a complex task, they just have a quick discussion. Chat Stations are incredibly flexible:
From Twitter to blogs, I have been reading and hearing lots of great things about "sketch notes" lately. As a science teacher that utilizes science note booking, this was a perfect fit for me. Sketchnotes keep students actively involved with the information you are giving them because they must use both oral listening and visual reasoning to create the sketchnote page. My students love creating sketch notes versus the traditional versions because they are so much more fun!
When I stumbled on this idea, I instantly fell in love! It is a great strategy to get students engaged in the discussion and works remarkably well with middle schoolers who are notorious for their opinions on everything! It provides an easy-to-use strategy that can work with any subject and practically any grade to promote engagement and critical thinking in the classroom, something all teachers are searching to improve, or at least should be!