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Prioritizing Student Joy

December 15, 2016

Posted by Tatum Travers

A 2015 survey of over 900,000 public school students found that only 50% of students are engaged in their learning. The same survey found that engaged students are nearly 5x more likely than their disengaged peers to self-identify as a successful student. How do we prioritize student joy so that more learners find success in the classroom and in life? During a recent webinar, we asked educators to weigh in and share how  they're prioritizing student joy in their district.

Student Joy

 

How does your district give real-world context to academic standards?

“My professional learning community meets to discuss standards and make decisions about classroom projects and activities"

 

“We utilize speakers from professional settings to show how academic standards impact future jobs.”

 

“We have an Experiential Research course where high school students work directly with USDA research scientists in our community.”

 

Student Joy

 

How does your district make learning accessible for all students?

“We really get to know the students when they enter school through individual surveys and through parent surveys as well. We find out their interests and find out how they like to learn.”

 

“Our district tries to make sure that we don't just 'sit and fill.' We make sure that students use all senses in order to make learning accessible, and we use what's outside of the classroom and in our community.”

 

“We meet students where they're at, understand limitations, provide instruction that's specific to what each students needs, and ensure that communication with parents takes place in students' home language."

  

How do you determine the efficacy of district technology?

“We ask, 'Is it developmentally appropriate? Is it helping children grow from where they are? Does it add a layer of frustration?”

 

“We monitor student assessment data before and after implementing new technology.”

 

Meet the school district that's tapping into student joy to stop summer learning loss:

 

Read the case study

 

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