RSI4Edu.com & #studentengagement. Making sure your students know how (and when) to contribute in class.
Increasing student engagement during instruction is crucial for increasing interest, unlocking motivation, and impacting student achievement. In Doug Lemov’s (2015) Teach Like a Champion 2.0 text he reminds us through a discussion on ‘ratio’ that students should do, “...as much of the cognitive work - the writing, the thinking, the analyzing, the talking - as possible.” (p.234). To accomplish this we have to take the time to teach our student how (and when) to contribute in a meaningful way in our classrooms.
We have all been in a Classroom H, kids calling out, the teacher talking over students, boys in the back row eventually getting yelled at ~ seemingly chaos. Of course this is not the intent of the teacher of Classroom H, in fact the teacher was excited to teach students about finding evidence in the text to support comprehension of characterization. One could argue the students were excited as well ~ just a little over excited!
The teacher of Classroom H failed to take the time to teach her students how (and when) to contribute in a meaningful way. How to engage in learning in a manner that would foster acceleration and generate excitement in the learning process. At RSI4Edu.com we provide our partners in education professional development and follow up in-class coaching on how to increase student engagement through questioning, writing, and discussion. If you or your school is interested in more information begin by looking into Teach Like A Champion 2.0 Techniques 33: Cold Call and 34: Call & Response and contact RSI4Edu.com to schedule an informational meeting to discuss how we can support your educational team.
Lemov, D., (2015). Teach like a champion 2.0 : 62 techniques that put students on the path to college. San Francisco :Jossey-Bass,