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Maximizing Engagement of All Learners

Course Description

Course Description:

As teachers begin teaching within the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) framework they will quickly recognize an even greater emphasis needs to be placed on student engagement. There is widespread recognition that teachers are tasked with creating favorable learning conditions for a diverse population of learners. Teaching within the CCSS framework requires teachers to create equity of outcomes as well as equity of access to learning. In order for teachers to move deeper into teaching within the CCSS it is important that they develop a solid understanding of the underlying principles of the CCSS and how maximizing student engagement is an essential part of teaching effectively within the Common Core State Standards.

To maximize engagement for all learners, teachers will learn the importance of recognizing the “achievement gap” is widened by an “engagement gap” at the individual student level. Course participants will learn that teachers and learners may view engagement through the lens of different enduring questions. When answering the enduring questions of learners, teachers will learn how to avoid various engagement traps. An important aspect of maximization will be to assess students with regard to their own orientation toward growth as learners. The negative implications of students holding a fixed view of their own potential as learners will be juxtaposed against a learning mindset that helps increase student willingness to take risks. The connection between students embracing an expandable view of their ability followed by teacher use of prescriptive teacher feedback will be made.

Throughout the course teachers will have opportunities to reflect on their own cycle of inquiry and demonstrate an impact on the achievement of students through engagement. In doing this, a number of factors will be considered including how universal design for learning principles can help address barriers within the learning conditions. The rationale for personalization through a continuous cycle of re-engagement for teachers and students will be provided. Teacher reflection strategies to guide interpretation of both overt and covert student disengagement will provide teachers an opportunity to implement what they are learning.

This course has been designed with the goal of (1) providing a framework which operationally defines engagement and promotes the value of maximizing engagement for all learners (2) provides research-based principles in which teachers can anchor their practices and (3) the characteristics of engagement-minded practices which both teachers and students will find motivating to implement that will leverage the efforts of both teacher-students. The educational literature increasingly underscores the importance of professionals understanding, anticipating and responding to the needs of students so that quality engagement is the predominant experience of students.

Course Objectives: Participants will

  • Summarize the current need for personalization within a standards-based system
  • Be able to define the difference between the “achievement gap” and the “engagement gap.”
  • Articulate why what teachers do (“teaching”) and what students do (“learning”) are not equivalent.
  • Understand the need for developing a gauge for engagement
  • Recognize why maximizing engagement for all learners requires extensive interactions with learners
  • Apply a number of potential pitfalls related to engagement (gaps, traps, wraps, and naps)
  • Demonstrate understanding of the need to formulate an engagement hypothesis
  • Review current research on the role of emotions in learning
  • Develop awareness of elements of a brain-friendly learning environment
  • Distinguishing between “good stress” and “bad stress” levels that impact learning
  • Comprehend the role of fear for learners and strategies to help mitigate fear
  • Understand the elements of and a rationale for a student engagement self-reflection tool
  • Articulate the enduring questions for both teachers and learners and the pivotal nature of students’ enduring questions
  • Identification of the features of a cycle of inquiry and the importance of using one to increase student engagement
  • Conceptualize success in teaching as interdependent with success of learners
  • Recognize the importance of connecting with students to develop strong teacher-student relationships
  • List characteristics of learning environments that alter the odds against or in favor of learning
  • Demonstrate understanding that a teacher’s role is multi-faceted as an advocate, buffer and catalyst within the learning environment.
  • Delineate the characteristics of a fixed ability mindset and an expandable ability mindset
  • Recognize how a growth-minded approach is integral to maximizing engagement for all learners regardless of academic achievement levels
  • Implement a teacher reflection strategy to determine whether student orientation is toward a fixed or expandable view of ability
  • Prepare a lesson or unit of instruction on the growth mindset for an entire class
  • Link the key teacher behavior of providing prescriptive feedback with the need for learners to receive informative communication during their learning process
  • Learn steps to providing effective prescriptive feedback.
  • Recognize the research base that suggests particular kinds of praise can actually decrease engagement
  • Understand the benefits of providing prescriptive feedback
  • Understand the significance of encouraging student ownership of data about their own performance
  • Learn several methods for providing students opportunities to reflect on their own performance data over time
  • Describe the statements that may be typical of myths associated with engagement
  • Reflect on any overlap between current practice and engagement myths
  • Understand the role of behavior as a language for learners trying to get unmet needs through their behavior
  • Recognize the covert and overt aspects of behavior and the challenges each can present for teachers maximizing engagement
  • Reflect on course content and applications to current teaching context
  • Create an engagement map to guide future learning interests
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CE Credits Online has been providing continuing education credits to K-12 educators since 2002. Our courses are offered nationwide, serving the professional learning needs of thousands of K-12 educators. Our courses are:

  • Standards-based
  • High-quality online professional learning courses designed to improve teaching and student achievement.
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  • Self-paced courses, offering participants the flexibility to work anytime, anywhere, 24/7.
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  • Reading / Language Arts
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  • English Language Learners (ELL)
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  • Creating Effective Learning Environments
  • Beginning Teachers
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Reviews
  • This course really had me evaluate where I am currently in my teaching. I liked how I was able to consider my students in response to the course information. This course helped me make changes in how I am setting up my classroom lessons to better help my students and I am already seeing improvements in my relationships with students and their relationship with the material. The moderator's further questions helped me focus better on the material and to specify my response to the questions.                                

    What a participant from Arizona said about Maximizing Engagement of All Learners
  • I have learned a lot about the importance of brain research on education. A paradigm shift needs to happen in the world of education to focus more on the learner as a learner instead of instruction and theories for methods instruction. Specific teaching needs to occur with students on brain science so that they understand that they have a role in learning and that as they stretch themselves, apply themselves and stay engaged with their studies, their brain connections also grow. Attention to the emotional needs of children is also lacking, but extremely important. The importance of feedback and "feedforward" was a new thought for me as well.

    What a participant from Iowa said about Maximizing Engagement of All Learners
  • Wow! I really enjoyed this course. The availablity for me to work at my own pace over the summer was just what I needed. I really enjoyed the format that was used in the lessons that were presented. The refresher course on the history of education and the impact that leaders have had on our educational system was very intersting to me. There is so much that you forget after you have graduated from college and moved out into the working environment. It was a trip going down memory lane to go back and think through the theories of great minds such as those of Piaget, Maslow, Erickson, Vygotsky, Gardner and Kohlberg. I still struggle with the No Child Left Behind law. I live and teach in Alaska. Our geographics is much different from that of other states. There are many communities (villages) and teachers within these communities that struggle to meet the requirements for this law. I do appreciate this being a topic that was touched upon at the end of this course. Thank you.

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  • Although the one student I work one-on-one with as a teacher and counselor is in the Emotionally Handicap Program (now titled "The Comprehensive Support Program"), the setting up part of classroom rules lessons work well with my student. I know, as mentioned in the lessons, that this program was not designed for the extreme cases I work with but know that a very good portion can be applied for such special needs students. I have spoke to some colleagues about this program and will recommend it to them. I did enjoy taking this course. I felt very at ease with it. I like how I could go back and re-read certain parts of the lessons with ease. This course was very user-friendly.                                

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  • I really enjoyed the videos. They were very well done and easy to follow and understand. I could take what I learned and apply it immediately to my own instruction.                                  

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  • This course really had me evaluate where I am currently in my teaching. I liked how I was able to consider my students in response to the course information. This course helped me make changes in how I am setting up my classroom lessons to better help my students and I am already seeing improvements in my relationships with students and their relationship with the material. The moderator's further questions helped me focus better on the material and to specify my response to the questions.                                

    What a participant from Arizona said about Maximizing Engagement of All Learners
  • I have enjoyed learning some new strategies for teaching problem solving and look forward to incorporating them into my instruction the remainder of this year, as well as with a fresh group of students from the beginning of the year next year. One element that resounded strongly with me was Polyps four steps for problem solving. I found it enlightening to learn how to improve upon an instructional strategy that I thought I was already using. The clarity and simplicity of the process helps me to help my students to dig deeper into the problems, incorporate previous learning, and have a plan for moving forward with their solution. Another learning experience I appreciated dealt with extending word problems. I never thought it could be so easy to give students multiple opportunities to solve similar problems, not to mention the opportunities to differentiate. What a great way to get the most bang for your buck when teaching kids to recognize the structure of word problems. There are many other elements of this course that I have embraced to help kids to dig deeper, and understand more.I will continue to use the four steps for problem solving and extensions daily, and I will continue to work to help them become better "math writers".

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  • This is my first time using CE Credits online and I was very impressed. The material was very informative and helpful and easy to navigate through. I will definitely take another course!!                                

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  • The lessons and course information was extremely useful and informative. I enjoyed gaining the new information and am looking forward to implement the vast majority of it in my classroom. The ideology of the coursework was also enlightening and enhanced my understanding of the course material.                                

    What a participant from California said about Differentiating Instruction in Your Classroom
  • I found this class enlightening and encouraging. Due to working with students with severe needs I found that I already implement some of the tactics in my teaching such as scaffolding and utilizing different learning styles such as tactile and audio. I found it interesting that I tend to have the students produce the same end product when I know that the students differ in their learning styles. Reflecting on this I realized that I use what is comfortable to complete and what I feel is easiest to grade. I don't have it all figured out and there is much more that I can implement in my class. I was a little worried that differentiating instruction was going to mean that I had to individualize to each student but through working the chapters I realized that it is giving students opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and receive knowledge through different modalities. I am aware through this class that I need to break my lesson into three pieces the content, process and product. Even though they are different I learned that all three parts blend and compliment each other.The tools I learned are the basics and foundations of good teaching. Implementing them in my classroom will not allow students to be successful but will enhance my teaching and breath new life into my lessons.

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