Meeting students (…)
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: Teacher, principal, school staff
It is directed at students aged: 12-14, 15-16
Target group: Student-centered, group-centered, class-centered
Main subjects involved: Cross-curricular
ICT involvement: no
Description of the practice: Meeting students where they are is important – Even when things don’t go (behaviorally) as planned.
When a student is, for example, removed from a lesson, someone needs to have time to talk with him/her about the reasons why. It’s also important for students to feel and know that they can reach out to teachers and the principal for a chat if needs be. That’s why it’s paramount to build in time for meeting students into the school structure.
Accessible to any student: yes
Meaningful participation for every student: yes
Why?: Students feel they can reach out to teachers and other school staff
Support to the practice: yes