Imagine yourself as a student on a beautiful spring day. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and you are practically shaking in your seat with the urge to bolt outside. All day, your teachers have been oblivious to the situation, and all you can do is sit in your seat and watch the clock as minute after agonizing minute ticks by. As the teacher in this situation, you would face multiple problems: How can you redirect the energy buzzing in the room? How can you refocus your students on the learning that needs to happen? How can that happen in a productive, controlled manner?
Research has shown that having your students up and moving about can improve your students' cognitive and affective engagement. Movement can help direct your students' energy and focus them on the task at hand. However, having students moving around the room in high-energy situations without clear guidelines can lead to a chaotic, unproductive learning environment. The Appointment strategy an effective tool in these situation because it allows your students to move around, but in a specific, well-controlled fashion.
For more information on how to use this strategy in the classroom, click on read more below.
This idea was shared with me by another teacher in 7th grade, Tony Atkins - a masterful science teacher - who came by it via Dr. Marcia Tate.
To utilize Dr. Marcia Tate’s “Appointments” you will need to follow the next several steps:
Some possible uses of the Appointment strategy include:
The Apppointments strategy supports district indicator 5.1 to increase student motivation by allowing students to move around and interact with their classmates. Because the movement can also improve your students' ability to focus, this strategy also supports district indicator 1.2 to increase students' cognitive engagement.
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Post by Jaqueline Whiting | 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher
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