Grouping activities (…)
Here is another example of an engaging practice that, from a professional experience, fosters students’ SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT. By school engagement we mean students’ observable participation in school activities, sense of belonging to classmates and teachers, and valuing success in school-related goals.
It is implemented by: Teachers
It is directed at students aged: 9-11, 12-14
Target group: Single student-centered, group-centered, class-centered
Main subjects involved: Languages, Maths, Science and technology, Arts, Physical Education, Social Skills, Cross-curricular
ICT involvement: yes
Description of the practice: Grouping activities, ‘show and tell’ at the beginning of the week, being fair and asking for latest news, e.g. during transitions. A hearty presence! Well-being and being heard are important issues in the lives of students.
With this practice the teacher shows that he or she is interested in the daily lives of his or her students, even if they don’t always feel that way. For example, asking for weekend news is still important, even for sixth-graders
Accessible to any student: yes
Meaningful participation for every student: yes
Why?: Everyone is free to tell and share as much as they want about their lives. It’s not compulsory either, but you can get “tips and ideas” from others and learn from others. When you know your classmates better, it is easier to work in a group
Support to the practice: no