March 1, 2018

#SquirrelsChat Recap: Student Engagement

Student engagement is the name of the game in education. Every educator wants students to be invested in their learning and take the necessary steps to achieve their goals.

Consider the following actions.

  • Turning in work on time
  • Participating in a class discussion
  • Attending class
  • Raising a hand to answer a question
  • Listening to instructions

All can be regarded as student engagement depending on the educator’s views. Broad topics like student engagement require a framework to base ideas off of in order to bring clarity to the topic as a whole. While the concept seems straightforward, it can take on many different meanings in education.

February’s second #SquirrelsChat focused on the work of Phillip Schlechty to guide our discussion about student engagement. This recap covers strategies to de-escalate a rebellious situation, encourage active participation, avoid minimum engagement, empower student voice and choice and more!

Join #SquirrelsChat the third Thursday of the month for the best education tips, strategies and ideas at 8 p.m. ET. You can stay up to date on chat topics and moderators by following us on Twitter (@Squirrels). 

De-escalating a rebellious situation

Let’s face it. Sometimes rebellious situations are unavoidable. But by working to understand the situation, keeping your cool, being present and even rehearsing responses, you can ease the problem effectively. 

Encouraging active participation

From talking tokens, to synchronous text for collaboration, to formative assessment, there are many ways in which educators can encourage active participation. Remember to always let students know you are invested in their education and want them to be successful.

Avoiding minimum engagement through meaningful & varied assessments

Understanding how a student learns (audio, visual, tactile) can make all the difference when it comes to student engagement. Avoid the “one size fits all” approach and give students a chance to choose based on their learning preferences.

Going beyond the “game of school”

According to Schlechty, strategic compliance can often trick the observer into thinking the student is engaged, but upon further review, they aren’t at all. To avoid this, keep students involved and celebrate their successes no matter how big or small.

Entry points to empower students to have voice and choice

Allowing students voice and choice in the classroom creates more engagement in their learning and empowers them to become self-directed learners.

Using Schlechty’s framework to enhance conversations with colleagues

Use the framework discussed in this chat to educate a colleague and help them take measures to enhance their own students’ engagement. Take a minute to re-familiarize yourself with the levels of engagement.

Don’t miss the next #SquirrelsChat on March 15 at 8 p.m. ET!

January 13, 2016

Win 25 Reflector 2 licenses for your school with our Twitter giveaway

We are giving away 25 Reflector 2 licenses to one lucky school with our first ever #WeWantReflector2 Twitter giveaway! The best part? We’re making it really, REALLY easy to enter.

All you have to do is Tweet a photo of your classroom and include the hashtag #WeWantReflector2 in the Tweet. We will randomly select a winner from the pool of entrants. Hurry, the giveaway ends on January 27.

Don’t have a Twitter account? No problem! Have a fellow educator or student Tweet a photo to enter the #WeWantReflector2 giveaway. We want everyone to have an opportunity to bring Reflector 2 to their school.

Reflector 2 is used in classrooms all around the world. We are honored to be a resource for the global edtech community, and we will continue working to enhance the student learning experience.

Tweet away, friends. Good luck!


WeWantReflector Twitter

OFFICIAL RULES: Giveaway is open to readers 18 years or older with U.S. or Canada, unless otherwise stated. No purchase necessary to enter or win.

To enter, Tweet a photo of your classroom and include the hashtag #WeWantReflector2 in the Tweet. One entry per person. Multiple entries do not increase the odds of winning. The use of any automated launching or entry software or any other mechanical or electronic means that permits the participant to automatically register and/or enter repeatedly is prohibited and all such entries will be disqualified.

Sweepstakes begins on January 13, 2016 at 9:00am EST and ends on January 27, 2016 at 11:59pm EST.

Entrants will be added to a spreadsheet. One winner will be selected via random number generator and notified by Twitter within 5 days after the entry deadline date. The winning entrant must respond within 5 days or the prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be chosen.

The winner will receive a key for 25 copies of Reflector 2. The approximate value is $300. 

As a condition of entry into the Giveaway, except where prohibited by law, each entrant and Winner/Winners by accepting a prize grants to Squirrels LLC and respective affiliates, legal representatives, assigns and licensees, an unrestricted right and license to publicize, broadcast, display and/or otherwise use all information submitted as part of the entry, including use the Giveaway entrant’s name, city, state, biographical material, and any other material submitted as part of the entry in any form or media now known or hereafter devised throughout the world in perpetuity for marketing, advertising, and publicity purposes, without additional review, compensation, permission or approval of the Winner/Winners.


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