ta friday

How am I going to re-energize my students and get them excited to begin 2018 in my global studies class? This is a question that has gnawed at me all break. We are studying human migration currently and will be delving into the topic of refugees post winter break. I’ve thought to myself would it be best to begin with excerpts from the novel Refugee by Alan Gratz? Should I begin with a study of photographs? Would it be best for students to explore a text set on the refugee crisis? Should students explore the topic independently and create a Google Tour of what they learned? Or, should students research the issue and take informed action?

I haven’t decided yet, but I’m sure our first #worldgeochat of 2018 on Tuesday, January 9th, which will focus on student engagement, will give me countless new ideas on how to inspire my students. The questions that we will address in this week’s chat are:

  1. What are your most engaging lessons? (The ones that you can’t wait to teach each year!)
  2. What are your favorite hooks to use at the start of class to get students excited to learn?
  3. How do you keep those high levels of engagement after the initial hook activity?
  4. What methods have you used to make your lessons more student centered?
  5. What are your best resources to find engaging lessons as well as tools to amp up student engagement?
  6. What are your favorite closure strategies to wrap up the lesson or to tease a follow up lesson?
  7. How are you going to engage students in their learning tomorrow?

I know my go to books to consult for ideas on increasing student engagement are Teach Like A Pirate by Dave Burgess and Play Like A Pirate by Quinn Rollins. I consult both frequently when I want to boost engagement.

In terms of podcast recommendations on student engagement I would recommend checking out Episode 8: Breaking Up With Your Lecture and Episode 9: Getting Students Active of the Talking Social Studies Podcast.

Some blogs that I would read on student engagement are:

How To Ensure Students Are Actively Engaged and Not Just Compliant by Katrina Schwartz (@Kschwart) via the Mind/Shift blog (@MindShiftKQED).

If I was teaching Social Studies today… by Scott McLeod (@mcleod)

4 Practices for Increasing Student Engagement by Nicholas Provenzano (@thenerdyteacher) via Edutopia (@edutopia)

Truly Playing Like a PIRATE by Sam Mandeville (@SamMandeville)

Learning Centers for Middle & High School? YES! by Jennifer Garner (@jmgarner2003)

DO NOT FLIP YOUR CLASSROOM (unless…) by Andrew Swan (@flipping_A_tchr)

3 WAYS MY STUDENTS ARE GOING TO SAVE THE WORLD IN 2018—AND YOURS CAN TOO! by Chris Heffernan (@cheffernan75) via National Geographic Education (@NatGeoEducation)

I hope you can join us for #worldgeochat on Tuesday, January 9th at 8 CST to share your ideas on student engagement! Oh, and if you have your own opinions on how I should resume class on January 8th I would love to read them in the comments below!

Happy New Year!

Ed

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