I wasn't certain if we were supposed to research the same question we picked last week, but after talking to some students some seemed to think we needed to keep on researching our original question. A lot of the things I had posted last week came up in other articles, but I did find some new sites and will post the old links from last week as I hadn't done this. I would like to move on to a new question given that a lot of the 'tips' I have found are almost duplicate ideas, or maybe try to broaden the question more.
This is from last week for everyone's benefit:
Edutopia @ http://www.edutopia.org/classroom-student-participation-tips
Suggests active learning and getting rid of 'dead time' as students tend to zone out during these small breaks of 'dead time.' The activities take a lot of time in planning but is said to be well worth the time and effort spent. The site gives 10 Rules of engagement:
1. Start Class with a Mind Warm-Up:
2. Use Movement to Get Kids Focused
3. Teach Students How to Collaborate Before Expecting Success
4. Use Quickwrites When You Want Quiet Time and Student Reflection
5. Run a Tight Ship When Giving Instructions
6. Use a Fairness Cup to Keep Students Thinking
7. Use Signaling to Allow Everyone to Answer Your Question
8. Use Minimal-Supervision Tasks to Squeeze Dead Time out of Regular Routines
9. Mix up Your Teaching Styles
10. Create Teamwork Tactics That Emphasize Accountability
The nice thing about this site is that it basically tells you how to do these ten strategies and offers modifications for younger and older students (some times). There is also a link to a book that is used that teachers can look in to if they like these ideas to incorporate other active learning ideas.