Getting to Know Your Students: Searching for the Spark


|Originally posted by Times 10 Publications|

教师经常在学生的成就中得到席卷。这是可以理解的 - 这是我们的主要工作之一。但教师也有义务促进学生的热情。当学生追求激情,他们的火花,他们正在订婚。


In his book黑客订婚:每天参与教师和学习者的50个提示和工具那available in the时代10个出版物Professional Learning Collection 1—accessible through Gale’s award-winning eBook platform—veteran teacher James Sturtevant shares 50 teacher tools that will make students love your class. And you can apply these unique, exciting, actionable tips and tools right now.

Each hack begins with a thorough explanation of a problem that teachers commonly face, then offers a detailed solution that anyone can easily use to engage students.

There are concrete steps to apply the solution the next day at the end of every chapter.

Search for the Spark

成为卧底侦探!开始investigation early in the semester. Assign various types of hands-on activities that free you to cruise around and ask all sorts of questions, some pertaining to the activity, some geared to learning about student interests, and others focused on getting to know kids better:

  • How do you like this activity?
  • 你最喜欢的课是什么?
  • Who’s your favorite teacher?
  • What would you rather be doing?
  • What do you like to do on the weekends?
  • What’s the first thing you do when you get home from school?
  • What do you do well?
  • 您如何改进此作业?
  • How could we expand this assignment?

As soon as you see or sense that little spark, try to confirm it: “You seem to enjoy watching YouTube. For our next unit, would you like to create a documentary about the Arab-Israeli conflict and then post it online?”

It will be evident immediately if you’ve struck gold. If not, keep searching for the spark. The potential payoffs are huge. Through observation and friendly interrogation, you can find student sparks. Kids are intensely engaged when they pursue their passions.

What You Can Do

  • 创建一个提供许多表达理解选项的活动。允许学生选择他们的表达方式。这将是寻找火花的一个很好的第一步。
  • 推广一个例子Tell a story of a past student who thrived once they started chasing a passion. Do this frequently.
  • 成为私人调查员。您调查的微妙性质对于寻找火花很重要。学生不喜欢被非自愿的实验室大鼠,所以以友好,随意的方式观察和问题。

Foster Engagement



This article includes excerpts fromHacking Engagement,由10次出版出版。

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