Student Engagement

Classroom Inclusion through Names

  Wait, that’s how you say your name! Saying a name right is a sign of respect and inclusion.  But with increasingly diverse classrooms, saying student names correctly is challenging.  Even when you’ve known a student well, teachers can become surprised at graduation to learn that the whole community has been saying a name wrong… Read More

Shaking the House “Khooneh Takouni”

Khooneh takouni, which translates to "shaking the house" is a Persian ritual of spring cleaning that precedes the Persian New Year each spring. The ritual of spring cleaning, in many cultures, provides a fresh start as we enter the season of new beginnings. As trees bloom and flowers blossom many people enjoy a renewed sense… Read More

Articles on Student Engagement

Archived Newsletter: Highly Effective Instructional Strategies to Engage and Motivate All Students Instructional Strategies Motivate and Engage Students in Deeper Learning  Southern Regional Education Board An article that emphasizes the importance of helping more students become college and career ready. Using Positive Student Engagement to Increase Student Achievement The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement… Read More

Web 2.0 Tools that Encourage Student Engagement

Museum Box-This site provides the tools for students to describe events, people, or historical periods by placing items in a virtual box. Live Binders-Live Binders is your three-ring binder for the web that allows you to collect and organize resources! Visuwords-Visuwords is an online graphical dictionary. Look up words to find their meanings and associations… Read More

Student Engagement Research-Based Practices

Principles of Instruction: Researched-Based Strategies That All Teachers Should Know This article presents ten research-based principles of instruction. Marzano's Nine Instructional Strategies for Effective Teaching and Learning This article presents nine instructional strategies likely to improve student achievement across all content areas and grade levels… Read More

Motivational Strategies to Encourage Student Engagement

Teach 21 Strategy Bank This dynamic resource for educators contains a multitude of research-based strategies that teachers can use to make their classroom instruction more effective while addressing the needs of their diverse students. 40 Things You Can Do to Retain and Engage Students This concise list shares ideas that you can do on the… Read More

What We’re Reading: Student Engagement

Blog Post- What We are Reading…Total Participation Techniques A book review of Total Participation Techniques: Making Every Student an Active Learner.   Book- 40 Active Learning Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom, Grades K-5 by Linda S. (Schwartz) Green, Diane Casale-Giannola Read Chapter 1 Book-Engaging Students in the Inclusive Classroom Book-Design and Deliver: Planning and Teaching Using Universal… Read More

Leadership to Promote Student Engagement

Principal Support Framework Resources and Tools University of Washington's Center for Educational Leadership provides resources, tools and planning templates to support principals as instructional leaders. What it Takes to Be an Instructional Leader This article from Principal magazine suggests principals free themselves of bureaucratic tasks and focus on improving teaching and learning. The Principal Perspective (Full Report)… Read More

Including Students with Disabilities: A Missing Link

Author: Tim LaCourt, M.Ed. In my career as a special education teacher, curriculum supervisor, and then principal, Inclusion was a priority focus; however, there always seemed to be a missing link in the process of including students with disabilities—especially more severe conditions—into the general population of students. I had an early spring meeting with a… Read More

Khan Academy- Free Learning Resources for EVERYONE!

Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. They're a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after… Read More