How can I engage students and draw them in?

Tempia Fitchette
Tempia Fitchette
765 Activity Points

Search in the menu for Explore all resources. Use student engagement for your search.

Pamela Dupre
Pamela Dupre
85979 Activity Points

Hey Tempia! This is such a great question! To be honest it is one that from class the answer may change. That is part of the joy of working with people who have their own interest and desires. What I really love about science and the NGSS is its focus on phenomena. These are great ways to engage students. Presenting students with interesting things that make them ask questions and have a curious desire to solve. You will want to build units around these phenomena. Of course, a lot of engagement comes out of a relationship and an understanding 'Why?'. I am not sure what grade you teach but no matter the grade when you know the kids that you are working with you can get a handle on the things that may engage them. One of the things that I do for my students near the first few days of school is to give all of my kids a multiple intelligence surveys. Which we use as a way to practice graphing how many students are each type of intelligence as well a practice with percentages ( I teach HS so this may be appropriate for me). This is a great way for me to get a handle on the different learning styles that are in my classroom and allows me to reflect on the way that I will present information. The second thing I mentioned was the 'why'? This is true for majority learners, regardless. You want to know why you should care about something. Our students want to know why they should care about what they are learning. Learning should be more than to just take tests but rather it should be personal. I would suggest transitional surveys that ask students what they want to do after school. What are they interested in? Where do they see themselves? This may help you tailor the conversation of why they need to learn what is being taught? In Biology, we talk about the body and why people get sick. Students have interest in these topics and we use that to our advantage to teach them the content.

Jessica Holman
Jessica Holman
840 Activity Points

Great idea by Pamela to search the resources using explore

You might have notice the NSTA collections if you did this search
Since explore is the one of the Es in the Five E's you might find this collection of interest

Here is one:
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/mylibrary/collection.aspx?id=Y33r73BlC74_E

5E's - Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate Collection

Arlene Jurewicz-Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
42070 Activity Points

The article, "The BSCS 5E Instructional Model: Personal Re ections and Contemporary Implications" is a great article relating to the 5E lesson plan. This articles stated the 5 areas of creating a 5E lesson plan. The 5 E's are; Engaged, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate. I really like this set up of a learning plan because it gets students more involved in learn as well as gets them thinking a little more about the topic you are covering. Students can be more reliable for their own learning and having them engaged in tasks can only help broaden their horizon on learning. A Very good article that explain the 5E's and how it helps students learn.

Kelsey Katcher
Kelsey Katcher
3344 Activity Points

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