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Students in schools, whether public, private, charter, or international, struggle with learning on their own; they depend on teachers to crate classrooms that focus first and foremost on how well students learn. Teachers must create opportunities for students to be engaged, confident, and successful. The Student Engagement Framework™ makes these three outcomes—engaged, confident, and successful students—the intent and focus of teachers.

So, what is the Student Engagement Framework?

Teachers design 30 day and weekly plans and apply them with their students.

As students are learning, they clearly understand the learning targets and how their learning tasks help them achieve the targets.

Students and teachers alike provide continuous feedback as students practice.

Once they have practiced enough, students complete an assessment activity where the teachers us the assessment information to judge their performance.

Students achieve the learning goals.

The bottom line is that teachers who integrate the Student Engagement Framework into their classrooms achieve student learning results. A 4th grade teacher with less than five years of teaching experience shared how her learners became engaged and achieved at higher levels:

Looking back on the 30 days, I witnessed an increase in motivation and engagement. Every day I wrote the day’s learning target on the board and the students were genuinely excited to see what was planned for the day. They were more willing to listen and follow along with the instructional activities. With the weekly measures and the end of the unit measure calculated at the end of the 30 day period of instruction, my class average was 89. Observationally, my students are talking more about their reading and are more energized about comprehension strategies.

Another teacher who had been teaching for 5 years shared:

We have so much material to cover and I always feel pressure to COVER it! Now that I have executed [the Student Engagement Framework] and have seen results with my students… I will do what gets results. [For example,] I was amazed to see the excitement for learning and the level of performance when I took a step back, broke down the concepts, and taught to my students’ needs. One group of students that benefited tremendously was ESOL students… Because I was so detailed and spent a great deal of time on each aspect they were able to fully understand before I moved on.

Undoubtedly, implementing the Student Engagement Framework takes time and good thinking. But, the outcomes for our students are priceless. Few students come into our classrooms naturally able to create the thinking process needed to work their way through class activities. Most students, especially those who struggle, can’t build this type of cognitive framework on their own. They depend on their teachers to do this with them until they are able to transfer the process of learning to most any situation, even taking standardized tests. That is, students learn to transfer the ability to think, reason and process information because we have taught them how to do so. We can’t afford to turn our backs on those who need us most.

 

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TeacherReady® is state approved and is the Educator Preparation Institute of the NCATE accredited Professional Education Unit at the University of West Florida. In addition to placements in over 400 public schools, TeacherReady teachers have been placed in 149 different international, private, and charter schools. The TeacherReady curriculum is grounded in the Student Engagement Framework. To learn more about TeacherReady teachers or to read about some of their experiences visit them at http://www.TeacherReady.org or on Facebook.

Pilcher, J. K. 2010. Who’s Engaged? Climb the Learning Ladder to See.

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