The Teacher Tip

Use Sharing as a Way to Build Student Engagement

July 12, 2017

adapted from Reading Projects Reimagined by Dan Fiegelson

Like most activities in the life of a classroom, student projects succeed or fail in direct proportion to how big a deal we make of them. If they are treated as tangential to the regular curriculum and never discussed or celebrated publicly, chances are students will not take them seriously. On the other hand, when a teacher allows time for children to share their individual projects with the rest of the class, they begin to feel a strong sense of ownership and involvement in them.

Try this: set aside a couple of times a week for students to share their work. It should have an exponential effect; kids will start to get ideas from one another and sometimes want to try out a classmate’s approach themselves. In this way, learning becomes infectious.

To learn more about Reading Projects Reimagined, and to download a sample chapter, click here.  

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