Engagement maximizes the simultaneous involvement of all students through strategies and questions to solicit individual and group responses. All students should be involved in thinking and problem-solving, not just one-at-a-time.
Facilitating frequent opportunities for a student to respond provides time to process or apply what students are
On-task behavior ↑
Praise to corrections ratio ↑
Continuous formal assessment
Makes learning visible
Academic/learning outcomes ↑
What it is →
Strategies to Engage Students
OPPORTUNITIES TO RESPOND
An instructional question, statement or gesture made by the teacher seeking an academic response from students.
ACTIVITY SEQUENCING & OFFERING CHOICE
Activity sequencing is thinking about and altering the manner in which instructional tasks, activities or requests are ordered.
Offering choice is providing options to engage in or complete and activity.
CLASSROOM TASK DIFFICULTY
Relates to work assignments that exceed a student's skill level. It is important to determine which aspects of the task/assignment do not match the student's skills, and then how they can be appropriately adjusted to decrase associated problem behaviors and increase opportunities for academic success.
Teacher talk should account for no more than 40-50% of instructional time.
Use wait time of at least 5 seconds to allow for processing and encourage engagement
Share strategies and practice group opportunities to respond skills in grade/ department teams.
Use the observation tool to self-assess and gain peer-assessment from colleagues or administrators.