Wednesday, February 20, 2013


I came across this yesterday and I really liked it.  I forget this all the time.  I tend to dwell on things I can't change rather than the things I can.  I am going to give this to my students and get their response.  What are your thoughts?

Choose Your Attitude
This may shock you, but I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude. 

It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or failures, fame or pain, what other people think of me or say about me, my circumstances, or my position. 

Attitude . . . keeps me going or cripples my progress. It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope. 

When my attitudes are right, there's no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for me.

Yet, we must admit that we spend more of our time concentrating and fretting over the things that can't be changed in life than we do giving attention to the one thing that can, our choice of attitude.

by Charles R. Swindoll

Friday, February 8, 2013

How can you Measure Student Engagement?

Have you ever wondered if your students are engaged in their learning?  I have often wondered this and wondered how I could measure it.  So, some colleagues and I have come up with what is called the "ENGAGEMENT WHEEL."   It is a way to reflect on an hour of your day that you have taught and try to give it an ENGAGEMENT score.  The higher the score the more engaged your class was.  The engagement wheel measures what your students are doing.

 The engagement wheel score is most accurate when looking at the same class repeatedly over a number of days.  This will insure the score's validity.

I have an example for you.  Tuesday during 4th period I received a score of 5.  I filled in the categories that were true for that hour.  I would take samples from a few days in a row to determine where I stand.  Also, from this activity it will become obvious which pie slices you are not doing regularly.

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Let me know what you think and how you have used this.  I would really appreciate the feedback.
My Very Best,