Engaging Tasks and Planning Instruction
Design tasks with student engagement in mind!
Students need interaction to help in their productive struggle and to internalize what is being taught.
Breakout rooms are great to:
Provide fast opportunities to Turn-and-Talk or Think-Pair-Share
Divide students into small groups to discuss problems before coming back to go over solutions
Jigsaw a lesson - each group does their own investigation, then reports back to the class
Divide the class into groups for targeted small group support/instruction.
You can set a timer to automatically bring everyone back
Flipgrid can be a great tool for students to:
- record themselves sharing their mathematical thinking
- see & hear their peers' ideas
- reply to their peers' recordings
- receive feedback from their teacher
Flipgrid can integrate into Canvas!
Kahoot and Quizlet allow for gamification that will make instruction fun and engaging for students.
Kahoot can be live with the whole class, or asynchronous in self-paced mode.
Remember to find ways to balance the content instruction, and still provide opportunities for students to interact and participate in the lesson!
Create clear learning intentions for students, so they know what they are going to learn today.
Ideas to consider:
- Use the whiteboard or annotate feature in Zoom to write on the screen.
- Display a problem and give students 5 minutes of think/work time.
- Use breakout rooms multiple times in the session to provide students collaboration time.
- Use Google Draw for students to show their work during class.
- Create a table in a shared google doc, and each student inserts a drawing into their cell.
- Have students work in Google Draw and share their screen to show/explain their work.
- Use Google Draw Algebra Tiles
- Create a poll in Zoom to quickly and formatively check for student understanding.
- Save time by surveying students the day before to find out if there are homework/asynchronous problems they want to see. This will tell you if many students need support, or if you can work with students individually/in a small group for support.
As with synchronous instruction, remember to find ways to provide content instruction, while still providing opportunities for students to interact and participate in the lesson!
Create clear learning intentions for students, so they know what they are going to learn and what they need to complete during the asynchronous time.
Ideas to Consider:
- Incorporate Discussions in the sequence of learning to provide opportunities for students to interact.
- Create group activities and assignments, where students can collaborate using Google tools
- If you use videos for lessons
- Record yourself providing the lessons whenever possible. The relationship you have with students is key - students see your investment in them if you provide the content.
- Use Screencastify, Loom, or record a Zoom with just yourself.
- Record small chunks of instruction, no more than 5 minutes at a time. This allows students to stay focused.
- Consider ways to make the instruction interactive for students!
- Guided notes with blanks to fill in
- Add quizzes along the way to verify student understanding. Formative feedback can be included with "wrong answers" to help guide students
- Remember to teach students how to watch the videos and interact with them
EdPuzzle makes viewing videos interactive because students are prompted to focus on specific portions of the videos and answer guiding questions throughout the video. Edpuzzle integrates into Canvas! Use the Calendar in Canvas to set up appointment slots for students who want additional support.