Engagement Relates to Academic Achievement

All Regina Public Schools are administering the Tell Them From Me Survey.  One of the measures in the survey based on student voice deals with engagement.  Student engagement is a “disposition towards learning, working with others and functioning in a social institution”.  It includes students’ sense of belonging at school, the extent to which they value schooling outcomes and their psychological investment in learning.  Students who are socially engaged are actively involved in the life of the school; their friends are there and they are involved in sports or other extra-curricular activities.  Students who value schooling outcomes and meet the formal rules of schooling are considered institutionally engaged.  These students feel that what they are learning at school is directly related to their long-term success.  Some students meet the institutional demands of school, but they are not truly engaged in their learning.  Intellectual engagement requires a serious emotional and cognitive investment in learning.  Students use higher-order thinking skills to increase understanding, solve complex problems and construct new knowledge.  Once your school completes the TTFM survey, you will have access to a report indicating social engagement, institutional engagement and intellectual engagement according to their responses of your students on the TTFM survey.  I encourage you to examine your data, (student voice is important) and come up with at least one action at your school that addresses what you are seeing in your TTFM data.  This shows our students that we are acting in positive ways to what they are saying.

I like how this chart clearly shows characteristics of personalized, differentiated and individualized learning and be a springboard for engaging conversations at the school level around engagement in learning.

<div style=”margin-bottom:5px”> <strong> <a href=”https://www.slideshare.net/bbray/personalizedlearninchart&#8221; title=”Personalized Learning Chart Version 2″ target=”_blank”>Personalized Learning Chart Version 2</a> </strong> from <strong><a href=”http://www.slideshare.net/bbray&#8221; target=”_blank”>Barbara Bray</a></strong> </div>

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About lgatzke

I am an assessment supervisor passionate about getting kids smarter. As Dylan Wiliam says, "Smart is not something you are, smart is something you get".
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