Over the summer I attended a professional development, The Power of Student Engagement. During the day long meeting, John Antonetti discussed the ways to engage students in the learning. The main focus was discussing strategies for engaging students in the tasks given. The activities need to include Personal Response, Clear/Modeled Expectations, Emotional/Intellectual Safety, Learning with Others, Sense of Audience, Choice, Novelty and Variety, and Authenticity. By including these strategies in the lesson, students will be able to retain information more effectively and preform more rigorous tasks.
One of the activities that we participated in was finding a way to solve a math word problem involving a zoo. The point of the activity was to touch on the point of posting the objective after they've seen the material and had a chance to explore ways to solve it. This gave me the idea of starting Word Problem Wednesday, where we discuss strategies for solving word problems and incorporate concepts that we are learning during the week. This will help demonstrate, practice, and enforce problem solving strategies.
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