Student Engagement

Strategy: Four Corners

  • Impact: Four Corners is a movement activity that keeps students engaged through collaboration, using similarities to connect personality types.
  • Steps/Process:
    1. Each corner of the room is represented by a commonality, such as an animal, car types, famous people, etc.
    2. Invite the students to choose the corner of the room that fits them the best. The students are grouping themselves based on their likes/dislikes.
    3. Once students are in their groups, pose a probing question based on the content or a skill that was taught in the lesson.
    4. Students will collaboratively work in their corner with their group members to answer the question the teacher has presented.
  • Resource: Video: Four Corners in Action

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Strategy: Make an AppointmentClock

  • Impact: Make an Appointment is a great engagement activity that allows students to work with more than one classmate and move about the room during certain appointment times. 
  • Steps/Process:
    1. Give each student a clock. On each clock there should be a line at 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00 (teacher may do less, if needed).
    2. Students will walk about the room making appointments with their peers, filling each of the slots.
    3. For each time slot, you will pose a question or assign an activity to be completed within a certain time frame (usually 5-10 minutes depended on the length of your class periods).
  • Resource: Make_an_Appointment

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Strategy: Reader Reviews

  • Impact: Student increase engagement in their novel of choice by participating in Reader Reviews, in which students can write and read firsthand reviews of novels BookReviewread by their classmates.
  • Steps/Process: Once a student has finished reading a book, they can complete a reader review card. On the card they answer three questions: What did you like? What did you dislike? Would you recommend this book to a friend? After answer the questions, they will place there reviews on a wall, in a bucket, box or drawer. Other students who are looking for a good book to read can draw cards from the box to help with their selection. Those who have placed a review in the box will have a chance to win a book during bi-weekly drawings.
  • Resource: An example of a book review wall is shown in the picture provided.

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Strategy: Sketch It! 

  • Impact: Sketch is usually a very popular engagement activity no matter what grade level or the content being taught. Students have the chance to put an image to their knowledge in a creative way!
  • Steps/Process: 
    1. As it pertains to reading, students will read their book of choice for a period SketchItof time (usually 5 to 7 minutes)
    2. Teacher will say, “Sketch it!” and students can practice recall, inferring, drawing conclusions, making predictions (or whatever skills the teacher chooses) by sketching a photo.
    3. Students will sketch for about 3-4 minutes.
    4. Teacher will say, “Share out!” and the students will turn to their partner(s) and discuss their sketch, as it pertains to the novel they are reading.
  • Resource: An example of a Sketch It document is shown in the picture provided. This can also be done in an interactive notebook, journal or binder.
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