I have been turning my mind for the past few days as to what I will be doing for my 3250 digital project on for engagement techniques… it seems our instructor has well planned the course curriculum and timing as our blog assignment involves a review of projects completed by our peers.
This digital project by Jaqueline on “Story Telling” is simply summed up by one word “Wow”
The presentation threw me off a bit initially as instead of describing the technique as one might expect, she demonstrated the technique without a traditional verbal introduction and went right into a story. This made the presentation memorable and the content powerful.
Story telling is something that I have always felt was powerful; I often use personal experience or parables to make the connection to the content I am teaching. Jaqueline outlined some great insight to not only how to use storytelling, but also how to tell stories well and improve it as a teaching tool.
This digital project by Ruth Davies on the student engagement technique “Send a Problem” is one of my favorites. Ruth does a great job with a clear and steady tone explaining the technique, why and how it works and how to set it up. The video is clear and concise, following best practices for presentations and has great curb appeal.
As Ruth explains in her blog https://ruthdaviespidpblog.com/3250-instructional-strategies-digital-project/ this technique mimics a formative assessment technique called the Pro/Con grid. As this (Pro/Con) is a technique that I currently us in my classroom, the “Send a Problem” approach is a technique that with some quick conversion and incorporation this is something that I can use to ensure that I am not only assessing my students, their connection to the content, but also their engagement.
This digital project by Curt Steckhan is on the student engagement technique “Positive Feedback”
The video is enjoyable and well supported with multiple sources of the information for each of the pieces of the technique. I liked Curt’s approach here sharing the content, letting me know that it was routed in research and presented in an interesting way that flowed well. The presentation had me thinking of growth as it played, and it really caught my attention in terms of a theme being applied to positive feedback.
Feedback is one of those funny things. It is something that I struggle with in my classroom.
It had even taken me a long time when coaching minor sport to feel authentic in praise of a good performance. I am not sure if it is just my communication style or the fact that I am very easily embarrassed by receiving positive feedback face to face…perhaps I am letting my own precepts creep in and therefore, I am finding I am avoiding it… this is an area where I may just have to lean into the discomfort and try more of face to face… I tend to communicate to much through electronic communication with students and colleagues.
This digital project on “Chunk and Chew” by Melissa Ashman was one of the only infographics that really caught my attention. While it is brief, I found it concise and well laid out and well referenced.
I had not really thought of incorporating this kind of discussion into my class time with students. I often finding myself telling students who are overwhelmed or struggling “Hey you can only eat an elephant one bite at a time” and never really put it into practice or modeled this approach in the classroom through an engagement technique.
Ashman M.(April 2016) Chunk & Chew – https://adventuresinadulteducation.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/a-digital-project-on-the-chunk-and-chew-instructional-strategy/