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Fostering Student Engagement

Sense of belonging and a supportive classroom and school community are the foundation of student engagement. Building onto that foundation with strategies to support SEL, cognition, and content factors is a great next step.

Cognitive Engagement Strategies

Self-monitoring

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When students monitor their comprehension, behavior, or use of strategies, they build their Metacognition.

Self-instructions

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When students engage in a dialogue with themselves, they are able to orient, organize, and focus their thinking.

Reflect on Learning

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Providing space and time for students to reflect is critical for moving what they have learned into Long-term Memory.

Positive Self-talk

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When students reframe negative thoughts and tell themselves kind self-statements, they practice positive self-talk.

Encourage Student Self-advocacy

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Overtly encouraging all students to seek support and ask questions creates a safe space for risk-taking and skill development.

Cognitively Demanding Tasks

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Providing math tasks with high cognitive demand conveys high expectations for all students by challenging them to engage in higher-order thinking.

Student-generated Problems

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When students create their own number and word problems, they connect math concepts to their background knowledge and lived experiences.

Math Games

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Math games allow students to practice many math skills in a fun, applied context.

Emotional and Relational Engagement Strategies

Building Trusting Relationships

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Building positive and trusting relationships with learners allows them to feel safe; a sense of belonging; and that their academic, cognitive, and social and emotional needs are supported.

Discussing Emotions

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Teaching students how to label, identify, and manage Emotion helps them learn Self-regulation skills.

Foster Growth Mindset

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Teachers can help students understand that learning involves effort, mistakes, and reflection by teaching them about their malleable brain and modeling their own learning process.

Family Engagement

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Students whose families are involved and feel valued within the school community are less likely to miss school, which research has shown can cause students to fall behind academically.

Mindfulness Breaks

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Short breaks that include mindfulness quiet the brain to allow for improved thinking and emotional regulation.

Collaborative Problem Solving

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As students solve problems in a group, they learn new strategies and practice communicating their mathematical thinking.

Expressive Writing

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Writing freely about one's emotions about a specific activity, such as taking a test, can help students cope with negative Emotion, such as math anxiety.

Behavioral Engagement strategies

Goal Setting & Monitoring

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Setting overall goals, as well as smaller goals as steps to reaching them, encourages consistent, achievable progress and helps students feel confident in their skills and abilities.

Student Choice

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Providing students a voice in their learning is critical for making learning meaningful.

Brief Instruction Steps

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Content that is provided in clear, short chunks can support students' Working Memory.

Predictability: Environment & Structure

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Maintaining consistent classroom routines and schedules ensures that students are able to trust and predict what will happen next.

learning science factors that may impact student engagement

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Motivation is the desire and energy that guides behavior.

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Learning is powerful when it is social—when we learn with and from each other.

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Self-regulation skills help students concentrate on learning.

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Emotions are complex psychological states stemming from our positive and negative experiences.

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Math Mindset includes learners' self-concept and self-efficacy beliefs as well as their mindset toward failure, all of which shape their willingness to get involved with mathematics.

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A student's Math Learning Environment encompasses the opportunities provided by their home, school, and community that contribute to their development of math knowledge and skills.

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Attention is the ability to focus on a specific task without being distracted.

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Metacognition refers to the ability to think about our own thinking and to pay attention to and control our cognitive processes.