Ten (insert superlative here) ways to engage students in your classroom

  1. Give your students a template from which to work, and have them fill it with their own concepts, ideas, and themes.
  2. Point students to a final destination and allow them to get there in their own ways. Support them when they run into unforeseen obstacles!
  3. When students are selecting their topics, direct them to projects they are excited about, but are within the scope of their abilities.
  4. Reference topics that are meaningful to your students.
  5. Incorporate low-stakes competition into your lessons. No one needs to feel terrible that they are in last, but everyone should want to get first.
  6. Be excited (!!!!!) about your topic.
  7. Do a “high stakes” project – These are project published in some sort of public forum, either outside the classroom or outside the school as a whole.
  8. Use snappy-hip-cool media like this.
  9. Keep groups small: 4 students per group maximum. This makes sure EVERYONE is participating.
  10. Add Bacon*.bacon_strip

*kind of a cop-out, but also not.

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