Anticipating and (…)
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, other educational professionals
It is directed at students aged: <3, 3-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-16, >16
Target group: Single student-centered, group-centered, class-centered, whole school approach
Main subjects involved: Cross-curricular
ICT involvement: yes
Description of the practice: Anticipating and communicating transitional situations in advance, so that all parties know what to do. The school staff agrees on common rules regarding transitions during the school day and then communicate these rules to the children/students.
Anticipation reduces the risk of getting lost (for the students), i.e. being in the wrong place or not knowing where to be, but also reduces tension and anxiety.
Accessible to any student: yes
Meaningful participation for every student: yes
Why?: When you know what to do and where to be, it’s easy to follow the rules and function in the group.
Support to the practice: no