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Use these 10 strategies to teach and communicate content that sticks! Students learn best when collaborating, talking, and working with their peers. That’s what Edutopia blogger and education expert Heather Wolpert-Gawron discovered when she surveyed students nationwide. Now you can hear from the students themselves and discover 10 comprehensive and fresh ideas on precisely what and how to capture your students’ imagination and minds for deep learning, everyday. This research-based approach to cooperative learning provides plentiful lesson ideas, vignettes, videos, and insightful student interviews to help you: • Understand the research base for collaborative learning • Implement and manage competitively cooperative student work group • Incorporate movement, visual tools, and technology • Develop achievement-based PBL projects • Conduct your own student survey for increased student choice Move beyond just teaching content. Build a strong classroom community where students chew on, process, mull over, and retain information everyday using these 10 deep engagement strategies!
The Importance of Student Engagement
[Page 2]How important is it that a middle schooler or high schooler be engaged with what we are teaching? Why must they enjoy it and connect with the material in order to embed it? The answer to these questions can be seen in every classroom, in every school. Engagement isn’t just about fun: It’s about functionality. It isn’t just about laughter: It’s about ensuring there is a joy in learning.
Kelly Gallagher, author of Readicide and Write Like This, insists that engagement must happen before we can imagine students deeply absorbing content; and only after that ...