Student Engagement – Unit Two Teacher the Teacher Louis Cabuhat, Dean of Education Bryman College
Connecting Your Actions to the TargetIMPROVED OUTCOMES “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there” - Richard S. Sagor
Training Targets • Performance Targets (INDIVIDUAL OUTCOMES) • Ask yourself, “What are students expected to gain from our ‘actions”? • Improved motivation √ • Improved engagement • Realistic goal-setting • Improved achievement • Process Targets (TECHNIQUES or STRATEGIES) • Development of an Early Warning System (Sagor, 2011)
Recap • Unit One dealt with motivation • Motivation is driven by emotion • 60 minute face-to-face session (followed by) • Online discussion forum
Discussion ReCap of Motivation Participants were asked; How can you tell if a student is motivated? These are some of the responses offered: …[the student has a] smile on face – Meryl Harlow …[the student is] active in the activities – Anthony Cervantes …[the student accepts that] communication is the KEY to success – Ms. Lee …student is on time and prepared - Alex Esparcia …[the student makes] time to study – Rosemary Bautista …[I turn to] attitudes, behavior and classroom performance with attendance and grades– Avic Magsaysay
Unit Two – Student Engagement • Learners will be able to: Listat least one definition of student engagement Weigh the benefits of student engagement on persistence Adjust teacher responses to support student engagement
Defining Student Engagement • Many Descriptors such as: • Involved • Interested • Connected • A professor at Oklahoma City University, in helping to shed light on the topic of engagement, suggests “…that engagement implies there is something more; that it means going beyond what can be seen in the classroom” (Garrett, 2011, p. 3).
↓ Engagement = ↑ Dropout Rate • Ask yourself these questions: • Does a happy student involve themselves in learning? • Is a distracted student less interested in learning? • Is a disengaged student less likely to connect with you? If you answer ‘YES’ to any of these questions, be aware!
The Influence of Emotions Students who are successful in managing their emotions and relationships and impulse control are more likely to persist to graduation • Involved • Interested • Connected If you are successful at assisting learners to manage their emotions, persistence is more likely. Teachers create activities that allow for engagement!
How do you lay the groundwork for engagement? • Engagement improvement programs do work! • Remember that a process of improvement is required – you lead the challenge! • You’re not alone: • Introduce a “Success Coach” into your class • Seek assistance from student affairs • Rely on the benefits of peer-support circles
Reread Susan’s Case Susan is a new student who is attending classes at Bryman College – A for-profit organization. As a new enrollment to the school, Susan repeatedly misses assignment deadlines and submits work late. While in class, her instructor notices that Susan frequently avoids eye contact with others and she excludes herself from group discussions. Now, in her third week of a four week module, it doesn’t look good. Susan has failed her mid-term exam. And now, the teacher is concerned that some of Susan’s behavior is an early indication of what’s about to come – another drop for the college; another failed attempt. So, in an effort to address the problem, the teacher presents what she knows of Susan to colleagues at the college. And, to her surprise, several of the other staff members are dealing with a ‘Susan’ of their own. What’s even more unsettling – the College attrition rate for newly enrolled students is extremely high.
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