Student Engagement Strategies You Can Use Tomorrow
Synchronous Student Engagement Strategies
We will expose teachers to software like Peardeck and Nearpod which enable 100% participation for formative assessments that can lead to blended learning small group instruction.
Discussion is also imperative for learning, so we utilize easy-to-use online discussion platforms like Google Classroom discussion questions, using blogging platforms for online discussions, Padlet, note.ly, and more.
During the training, teachers might install school or district-approved Chrome extensions G Suite add-ons and practice using them.
Asynchronous Student Engagement Strategies
There are many benefits to asynchronous learning: learning at your chosen time, pace, and place. Remote learning revealed the craziness of our students’ lives. Asynchronous learning might be the answer they need.
With asynchronous learning, teachers prepare the pathways for student to work through with built-in checkpoints for formative assessment and small-group learning.
Short, targeted video recordings are often a part of asyncyronous learning, so teachers need access to screencasting software. We have a few free versions we recommend. Your LMS, such as Canvas, might also have its own software included.
Teachers are exposed to HyperDocs, Nearpod, and ClassKick as tools to help them organize learning for asynchronous learning. We also share out calendar reservation software that empowers students to choose or be assigned time to meet with the teacher to remediate or prove mastery.
As a result of using asynchronous learning, time with students is small group or one-on-one supporting relationship building as well as giving students the attention they need and want.
Building Teacher-Student Relationships to Increase Student Engagement
The biggest loss with remote learning is relationships. Teachers are finding it hard to build relationships with students; students are finding it hard to build relationships with other students. The result is disengagement because there is little reason to log on and be present.
Well, it is not impossible to build relationships online. It has to be done actively and consciously. Our trainings open not with warm-ups but with relationship-building activities. We model how to use the meeting chat box for check-ins. We model the use of software like Peardeck and Nearpod for checking in. We also demonstrate tools you often already have access to that empowers students to book 1:1 time with teachers.
The use of “office hours” has become popular as CYA for teachers to prove they made themselves available. In reality, though, how many students took advantage of them? From a student point of view, it is too intimidating and potentially embarrassing if there are other students already present when they enter to ask for help. Instead, let’s empower students to book private time with teachers, the same way adults book private time with doctors. Would you want other adults to know your personal issues? Well, neither would students. Let’s give them opportunities to preserve their humanity and privacy.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the training
This training necessitates practice and runs 3 hours to avoid overwhelming teachers who are struggling to master new tools. This training is focused on G Suite tools and can be adapted for Office 365 and Teams.
What are the requirements to make the session run properly?
If your school or district has G Suite for Education, we would need to whitelist one another’s domains in the admin panel for Google Classroom as well as Google Meet.
We require a list of participant names and emails so that we can survey them as a pre-test and use that data to create groups and personalize the training. Our goal is to meet all learners where they are and help them grow from there.
Is a recording of the training included?
A recording of the training is available for a fee. If you are interested in having the session recorded, please discuss that when scheduling the training.
How many participants can be in one remote training?
An ideal session size would mirror an average size class of 25-30 ; however, because budgets are tight we will handle as many 60 in a session.
What tools will you use during the training?
The engagement session focuses on using G Suite tools including Classroom, Meet, Docs, Slides, and Forms. Participants should have a basic working knowledge of those G Suite apps to be successful in this training.
Additionally, we will model the use of outside apps such as Screencastify, EdPuzzle, FlipGrid, Padlet, Note.ly, etc.
What other trainings do you offer for remote teaching and learning?
We are available to provide trainings for all levels of use in G Suite: Forms, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Sites, Meet, Jamboard, Classroom, Calendar, Mail, and Drive. We can offer brief 1-hour trainings through graduate courses. Sessions can be personalized for your needs.