"Train teachers to call only on students who raise their hands and to build on correct responses to maintain a brisk classroom pace. This would enhance the self-confidence of already proficient students and minimize class participation and engagement among those who enter with lower proficiency." - Kim Marshall -"A How-to Plan for Widening the Gap"
Do you find that some of your students spend their days disengaged or unable to work with others? My colleagues and I got together as a Professional Learning Community to examine practical engagement strategies. We focused on the book "Total Participation Techniques: Making Every Student an Active Learner" Each participant received a copy of the book and met in short sessions before school. We spent our meetings identifying, discussing techniques mentioned in the text and reflecting on how the techniques worked with our students. It was a huge success! The teachers came away with great engagement strategies and a stronger sense of collegiality.
Our district even provided an additional resource:
Teach Reflections of Strategies they used:
Hi! My name is Megan Haberkam. I am a S.T.A.T. teacher with Baltimore County Public Schools. I am passionate about teaching and learning. I am lucky enough to work with students and teachers on our constant journey of improving instructional practices and learning in our classrooms.