We all know that taking fresh air breaks as a class is so important in keeping student engagement refreshed! It does everyone good to get up and go outside after a long time of consistent classroom work.
Project Based Learning
Project based learning is when students are independently creating a project on their own. The teacher can provide a problem to solve or a scenario and the students take it from there, or allow students to research a problem that needs to be solved and create the idea completely on their own. This is a great student discovery method as it promotes independent learning and makes students very excited to persevere and excel. They also become very excited to share what they discovered in the end!
Daily Morning Meeting
One great way to blend the Eureka Math skills and concepts into other parts of the day is to use the morning meeting. This is my favorite time of the day. I actually used to be afraid to use too much time on morning meeting. I felt like it was a waste of instructional time and always tried to keep it as brief as possible. Once I learned how important this IS to use as instructional time. My entire mindset changed.
This is the official start of the day. Students have just finished unpacking, ordering lunch, and working on preparing themselves for the day. Then the students look forward to coming together and greeting one another.
Each student turns to the student next to them and says a greeting. We usually pass around, “Good Morning!” to one another. We use a rotation to share some good news. Then we play a game or work on an activity together as a class. The meeting closes with each student telling each other, “Have a great day!”
Anchor charts are the lesson guides you create on large chart paper to outline what you are teaching. When you are creating those charts, think of ways they can engage students. Use bold colors and large print for important words. Think of what you want students to learn most and make that concept the main visual focal point of the anchor chart.
Anchor charts are also greatly enhanced by printing pictures and gluing them on to show what concept you are teaching in more detail or more visually. Finding engaging graphics or colorful math models will help keep your students interested as well.
If your school district uses an evaluation system such as the Danielson rubric, the heart of the evaluation is student engagement. This is the same for other evaluation processes as well. The first and foremost step is to have the students engaged in the content. Once this is happening, everything else will fall into place.
Here are some areas the Eureka Math program will boost you up to be your best self and rock those teacher evaluations!
- Classroom Teacher
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