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You would be hard-pressed to find a more engaging environment than a playground. No matter the equipment or the age of children present, you will observe learning through several levels of engagement. Kids are fine-tuning motor skills like balance, running, and jumping. Others are knee-deep in critical thinking skills about whether or not to add more sand to the castle. Small groups of children are simply learning life lessons: sharing is caring. The biggest source of impact on engagement at the playground? Freedom! This is one place where the grown-ups generally release their kids out to play on their own – choosing their own path for fun.

In the classroom, it is critical for observers to be able to determine how a teacher is impacting student levels of engagement throughout a lesson. Not only is this important for fair and accurate ratings (as many rubrics include some causal type relationships or desired outcomes and the analysis is required), but also in promotion reflection and improving instruction. We know high levels of engagement positively impact student learning! In this course, observers will learn to analyze evidence to determine the causes of higher or lower student engagement observed. This course explores 3 selected focus areas of instruction that consistently impact engagement during a lesson:

  • Environment
  • Level of Challenge
  • Progression of a Lesson

RVL 1.C: Evidence cited in written feedback connects teacher action with student engagement and intended learning outcomes.
Identify and cite evidence of how what the teacher is doing is impacting student engagement during the lesson.
Companion Guidebook Feedback to Feed Forward: 31 Strategies to Lead Learning Connections Strategies 17-19
Watch a video lesson, identify levels of engagement, create a cause and effect chart to show impacts and outcomes. Create explanation for a teacher of the levels and how he/she caused the outcomes.


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Lesson 12.2 Determining Impact on Engagement Part II

Length: 25 minutesComplexity: Standard

Thinking Cause and Effect Let’s now look start thinking about what the teacher is causing during a lesson. To clearly determine how a teacher is impacting engagement, we want to understand the…

Lesson 12.3 Determining Impact on Engagement Assessment

Length: 30 minutesComplexity: Standard

In-Course Assessment Watch the lesson clip of the middle school science lesson. (If you completed “Determining Student Engagement Levels,” you have already collected evidence and determined the level of engagement…