Library of Making the Standards Come Alive!

Heather Clayton

Making the Standards Come Alive! is a must read for any educator committed to ensuring that students’ engagement and achievement levels are significantly increased. The author, Heather Clayton, principal of Mendon Center Elementary School, Pittsford Central School District, New York, explores strategies that can help us design instruction based on rigorous standards in ways that maximize their positive impact on student learning. We encourage you to use entire issues to promote thought-provoking discussions and use key points as handy inserts in newsletters or posts on district and school websites. We love to read your tweets and your posts on Facebook and Pinterest about points you find thought-provoking and/or helpful.

 

Ten Tips for Promoting Student Engagement
During Online Sessions

Heather writes, “When designing synchronous learning sessions, plan on using that time for the construction of meaning. Avoid lecturing about information that can be obtained during asynchronous learning, and save precious online sessions as a time for students to engage in discussion and interact with you and each other. Make them a time when students apply their learning and gain clarity.” No matter which online platform you are using for synchronous learning (ie. Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet), you can use the transferable strategies she discusses in this issue to bolster student engagement.

Read it now!