James Sturtevant Hacking Engagement
Summary: It is my great pleasure to publish this weekly podcast that supplements my book "Hacking Engagement". Listen and get creative ideas on how to engage students tomorrow! Please visit my website: http://jamesalansturtevant.com/ And...for a cornucopia of teacher empowerment resources, visit: http://hacklearning.org/
50 minutes is a long time. When's the last time you were engaged for 50 solid minutes? Interestingly enough...we expect our kids to be engaged for a solid 50 minutes every day. We need to plan for student engagement just like we plan for covering the learning target. To help us in this noble quest is educator, author, podcaster, wife, and mother Gretchen Schultek Bridgers.
I was a history major in college. I was thoroughly invested in my discipline. But even me, a history geek, struggled during marathon lectures. And you should’ve seen my classmates. It was often a massacre. I remember thinking, This is a darned passive way to learn. I could read what he’s saying in a book. I felt like a prisoner with no control. And remember, I was a guy who loved history.This is relevant because I teach dual enrollment history to high school juniors and seniors. Dual enrollment is a college course brought to the high school campus. A few years ago, my principal asked me to teach such a course. The sponsoring college made clear their expectation that lecture would be a big part of the class. I was initially reluctant because I remembered my comatose classmates back in college. I didn’t want to do that to my kids. Regardless of my hesitancy, I signed on. My challenge was to make lectures engaging. I certainly wasn’t going to stand in front of them and drone on. I decided to try something new.Kylie Stickrath is one of those awesome student voices (primary sources) that's going to urge you to give flipped presentations a try! Kylie was skeptical about flipped presentations. Once she experienced a good one...she became a full-fledged convert! Listen and see if she can convert you!
A few years ago, our administration got all exercised over the yoga pants epidemic. I watched the battle unfold instead of participating in the combat. It was fascinating. The conservative forces of the status quo lost big-time! They got buried under an avalanche of spandex.If you listen to this episode and think, "Well, if we put those kids in uniforms that problem will be solved"...you're missing the larger point. Whether or not girls wear yoga pants to school is merely a manifestation of a larger phenomenon. When teachers battle against powerful social trends, they risk becoming irrelevant
When I was in 3rd grade, the last thing in the world I wanted to do was read a book. Debbie Olsen, an inclusion teacher from Long Island, New York, certainly recognizes this attitude. So, she decided to use Voxer, the 21st Century Walkie Talkie, to get 9-year-old boys excited about reading! Listen to this episode and you'll be hooked on Voxer's potential to engage your reluctant readers!
For the past 30 years, Penny Sturtevant has been a science teacher, a guidance counselor, an assistant principal, a principal, and next year, she’ll work at the district level. Oh...she’s also my wife. Penny has observed her share of lessons. When I asked her about student engagement, she responded immediately, “QUESTIONS.” Quite simply, Penny believes that questioning students is an essential art that can be mastered with practice. In 500 BCE, asking students strategic questions was the foundation of Socrates' instruction. His pedagogy has been celebrated for 2500 years. Penny will help you harness this timeless and powerful educational tactic, not only to engage, but also to foster deep understanding!
I've always been intimidated by student-directed learning. I hate to admit it, but I'm a bit of a control freak and I worry about classroom anarchy! That's my gut's hesitancy. My head knows that it's a wonderful way for kids to learn and it's highly engaging.If you, like me, are hesitant about student-led learning...I've got a guest that'll help us get over the hump! Tracy Enos is a middle school teacher from Rhode Island. She's ALL about putting students in the driver’s seat! Listen to her impassioned message and then climb in the backseat and fasten your seatbelt.
Mark Barnes is familiar to a lot of listeners. He's the founder of the and guiding force behind the increasingly popular and influential Hack Learning brand. But what you might not realize, is that Mark's academic formative years were purely Dickensian. Mark attended the Cleveland Public Schools at a time when the district had a reputation as one of the nation's worst! Mark jokes that he first learned to "Hack Learning" when he ditched school some 50 times his senior year. He often traveled to school with an intense feeling of trepidation.From this unlikely, but highly relevant background, Mark has emerged as an international voice for rethinking everything about how kids are taught. Listen to this episode where he talks about his formative years, he elaborates on his successes and failures as a teacher, his launching of the wildly successful Hack Learning platform, and his decision to approach little ole me about writing Hacking Engagement: 50 Tips & Tools To Engage Teachers and Learners Daily, which will be available Septemberish!
It’s wonderful to have a sense of belonging. When you ask students about their group allegiances, they’ll typically say things like:I’m a follower of a certain religionI’m a member of this familyI’m an AmericanI’m an OhioanI’m a member of a political partyI’m a Cleveland Cavs fanI’m a member of the softball teamI’m a certain genderI’m a fan of a certain type of musicI have a certain sexual identityI’m a fan of the television show Parks and RecI’m a member of Generation ZWouldn’t it be cool if students also proclaimed, “I’m a proud member of Mr. Sturtevant’s class!”Dr. Todd Finley of East Carolina has thoroughly researched class identity. In this episode, we’ll discuss why such identity is important and what can be done to foster belonging.
Picture this, you’re having a medical procedure done. Before they put you under, you tell the doctor, “I want you to perform this procedure from memory. You’re absolutely not permitted to use any resources. You may not look at your phone, consult the internet, and you’re especially not allowed to ask other doctors for help. If you don’t complete the procedure within an hour, you must put down your instruments and exit the operating room!”It would be hard to imagine many patients surviving such a setup. And yet, that’s pretty much what teachers do to kids daily. No wonder many students suffer from test anxiety. Michael Dunlea will challenge conventional thinking when it comes to assessment.
Picture this...you're enjoying a hot cup of Joe on your back patio on a brilliant and crisp April Saturday morning. After a few sips and deep breathes, you check your phone and notice that you'd been mentioned in a tweet. You probably should just put your phone away and continue to bask in the sunshine and the coffee, but curiosity gets the best of you. You follow the signal to Twitter and are ushered into one of the most satisfying experiences of your career! A mom is congratulating you on your lesson prompt enticing students to eat mindfully. Intrigued? I hope so! Please give a listen!
Presenting to kids in the 21st Century ain't easy! It's hard to engage them...then maintain their interest. When I presented in the past, I was always hypersensitive about my student's engagement level. I'd worry...Did I lose him? Is she listening? He looks like he's nodding off! How can I cover what I need to in the next 5 minutes? I consider myself an engaging presenter, but I was struggling! I needed a new way to do things.My fascinating educator Voxer group made a remarkable book recommendation last summer. I was guided toward Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds. Occasionally, I've run across books that alter my paradigm fundamentally. That was certainly the case with Garr's!Please listen to this episode and learn how I transformed my presentations. Problem solved!
When I asked Jennifer about engagement, I figured she’d offer some high-tech contraption or exotic electronic technique. But while she loves those excursions, she’s also all about relationships, “Our students have hidden talents. In my English class, I encouraged kids to perform for their peers. We called it the Open Mic. These were tight and intimate experiences." Listen and learn how to create your own Open Mic Experience!
Trying to determine what another is thinking is one of life’s great challenges. You may have spent the majority of a first date wondering just that! Understanding another’s preferences can save time, effort, and money. So, when it comes to our student’s preferences, let’s become detective-like and solve some mysteries with SurveyMonkey.
Sara Sawdey has a knack for engaging 6-year-old boys who instead of sitting in class learning to read and write, would rather be in the gym playing dodgeball. Sara took some of these squirmy guys and transformed them into the Vowel Squad. The Vowel Squad then embarked on a journey of deep understanding and peer teaching!
Google is the way people in the 21st Century collaborate. Are you using this tool in your classroom? If not, you’re missing a golden engagement opportunity. In this episode, We’ll explore how to introduce Google into your classroom even if you don’t teach at a Google school!