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Student Engagement According to First Graders

A couple of posts ago, I linked to an interesting post by Heather Wolpert-Gawron in which her eighth graders give suggestions for engaging students in class.  Mrs. Cunningham, a first grade teacher at my school, decided to find out what her group felt about ways to stay engaged, and videotaped their responses.  The video is below, or you can go directly to her post here (please give the class a comment, as they love feedback!).  Mrs. Cunningham and I were both amazed about the similarities between the 1st grade and 8th grade responses.  (She did not share the 8th grade ones with her students.)  I am also quite impressed by the vocabulary and speaking skills of Mrs. Cunningham’s kids.  Great job, Mrs. Cunningham’s Class!

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How to Engage Students – According to Students

Tired of seeing this? Let them tell you how to change it. photo credit: cybrarian77 via photo pin cc

“The thing is, every student is engaged differently…but, that is okay. There is always a way to keep a student interested and lively, ready to embark on the journey of education. ‘What is that way?’ some teachers may ask eagerly. Now, read closely… Are you ready? That way is to ask them. Ask. Them. Get their input on how they learn. It’s just as simple as that.”

The above quote is from a student in California teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron’s class.  It is part of a list of 10 suggestions for student engagement that Wolpert-Gawron gleaned from her eighth-grade students.  I don’t think any of the ideas on the list are surprising, but the fact that they come from the students, rather than “experts” in the field , gives them a bit more credence, in my opinion.  You can check out the rest of the list by clicking here.