Engagement Survey

T/TAC W&M, in an effort to tailor our newsletter offerings to your particular needs, has provided a brief survey below on topics related to classroom engagement. Please take a moment to respond so that our upcoming newsletters reflect your interests in this area.

Classroom Engagement Survey

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Mastering Math Using the Proceduralizing Strategy

At all levels, math problem solving requires specific, ordered steps.  Simple recall of steps is only a small part of the process.  The desired learning outcome is for students to be able to identify the appropriate procedure and to understand how to apply it and why it works.  Students with disabilities and other students who struggle with math may have difficulty remembering, understanding, and/or executing steps in the problem-solving process.  The Proceduralizing Strategy (Thomas, Brunsting, & Warrick, 2010), when used throughout Tier 1, 2, and 3 instruction, can reduce barriers with recall and application. [Read more…]

Balanced Rosters in Co-Taught Classes: A Critical Factor in Successful Co-Teaching

Administrators consider a number of factors when planning for co-taught classroom assignments. At the top of the list is thoughtful personnel assignment. While matching co-teaching partners based on their skills and collaborative styles is extremely important, careful consideration of the students assigned to their classes is just as critical. Administrators should not automatically place every student with an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) in a co-taught class (Friend, Hamby, & McAdams, 2014). Similarly, they should avoid the temptation to assign students with 504 Plans, students who are English Language Learners (ELL), students with behavioral concerns, and other struggling learners to co-taught classrooms. [Read more…]

Creating a Master Schedule that Supports Inclusive Practices

Creating a Master Schedule that Supports Inclusive Practices, an article from the May/June 2012 edition of Link Lines, provides steps for ensuring that the master schedule supports inclusion of students with disabilities in general education classrooms.  This article includes detailed tips for balancing class rosters.

Reading Resource Guide

As announced in our last edition of Link Lines, we have new products to help newsletter readers find valuable educational resources related to topics including student engagement, classroom management, and co-teaching.  We have compiled current online resources, arranged them by media type, highlighted the five we found most helpful to practitioners, and identified those that are family-friendly.  View the Reading Resource Guide, compiled by Christine Peterson.  We will share additional guides in the 2017-18 editions of Link Lines.

Differentiation and Technology Podcast

In the Differentiation and Technology Podcast, Mark Hofer Professor at the College of William and Mary, describes the role of technology in supporting differentiated instruction.  He shares strategies and provides examples of how to most appropriately integrate technology into instruction to support specific student needs.

Increasing Opportunities to Respond: Tools for Teachers and Administrators

Think back to your days as a student and visualize your favorite class or teacher.  What did the teacher do in that class?  What did the students do?  In all likelihood, you did not sit quietly for the entire class period while the teacher talked.  You probably focused more of your effort on creating new products or sharing ideas with your peers than on sitting still.  Unfortunately, for many students, including those with disabilities, the effort needed to sit quietly for long periods of time overrides any effort to learn.  Yet, active engagement is the strongest predictor of academic achievement (Dotterer & Lowe, 2011). [Read more…]

Engagement in Instruction and Increasing Opportunities to Respond Resource Guide

We are pleased to announce a new product to help newsletter readers find valuable educational resources related to topics such as student engagement, classroom management, co-teaching, reading, and mathematics.  We have compiled current online resources, arranged them by media type, highlighted the five we found most helpful, and identified those that are family-friendly.  Our first Resource Guide, Increasing Student Engagement and Opportunities to Respond, compiled by Donni Davis-Perry is currently available.  We will share additional guides in upcoming editions of Link Lines.

Techniques for Active Learners

This Considerations Packets provides 18 techniques that teachers can easily implement to increase time on task for all learners. Techniques are grouped into the following categories: Motivation and Focus, During Instruction, Cooperative Group Work, and Evaluation. Specific techniques include Whip Around and Pass; I Have, Who Has?; Pinwheel; Paired Reading; and Outcome Sentences.

From Seatwork to Feetwork – Engaging Students in Their Own Learning

In this podcast Ron Nash, Keynote Speaker at the College of William and Mary Symposium on Professional Collaboration and Inclusive Education (2011), shares how teachers can employ active learning strategies in the classroom to enhance student learning. He provides suggestions for how to develop relationships with students; build learning communities in the classroom; and get students up and moving, talking to each other, and interacting with the critical content.