Every student (…)
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.
Name of the practice: Story of the class: We are the protagonists of the story
It is implemented by: Teachers
It is directed at students aged: 12-14
Target group: Class-centered
Main subjects involved: Tutoring and languages in general, although anything else can be added
ICT involvement: no
Description of the practice: A story of the class where every student is represented in it.
Accessible to any student: yes
Meaningful participation for every student: yes
Why? The story is read aloud and every student has a copy. Teacher counts that every student appears a minimum of times in the story and the story is designed so that everyboday has an essential moment to make the story move forward.
Support to the practice: no
Does this practice promote students observable participation in school related activities? I haven’t detected it, nor the contrary.
Does the practice promote students sense of belonging to classmates, teachers and school? I think it is in some way. The idea is that identify themselves as a group, as a collective in the institution which is the school. To have the sense of belonging in a group is the first step to make roots around this group.
Does the practice promote students giving value to success in school-related goals? Stories link the students to their groups of classmates and at the same time to the school, In another school, the story would have been different. The fact that we have the story in paper with the information of the school, makes it easy to have a nice reading moment linked to the groups characteristics and the moment.
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