Donna Morrow and Donna Albaugh

Creating a culture of student engagement


Content vision

Designing effective F2F presentations: This mini-module shares innovative practices on how to design effective F2F presentations based on instructional design and presentational tools in order to best engage learners. Throughout this mini-module, educators will be able to identify and choose the best tools to hook their own reluctant students to content and learn new and exciting strategies to keep them engaged in learning in their classroom.​

This mini-module shares strategies and structures for


Content team

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Level of interactivity: independent learning
Estimated length of module: hours

Setting the stage

Learner's role

Challenges and potential obstacles

Learner strengths and available resources

Module outline

Goal 1|||||||||||||| To empower students by creating structured learning experiences to engage students in positive interdependence, individual accountability, equal participation and simultaneous interaction.

Connection to NC Standards

Standard 4_B NC Professional Teaching Standards: Teachers plan instruction appropriate for their students.
Teachers should:
• Engage students in the learning process;

• Monitor and modify plans to enhance student

learning; and

• Respond to cultural diversity and learning needs

of students.
Standard 4_C NC Professional Teaching Standards: Teachers use a variety of instructional methods.
Objective Level (Bloom's)
Wise Words
?s to Consider
Content Topics
Independent Work
Student Work
Instructional Strategy
To apply strategies to establish the norms and procedures that facilitate the culture of positive interdependence.

"You can dream, create, design, and build the most wonderful idea in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality."

-Walt Disney
What are "dream" characteristics of your dream classroom?

State 5 steps for establishing norms and procedures in your classroom?

How do you promote a student's self-esteem?

How would you explain the concept of "positive interdependence" to your students?
  • Class Mission Statements

  • Student Goals Setting

  • Class Rules vs Class Goals
  • Write a lesson plan for teaching the concept of positive interdependence to students.
  • List 5 strategies that when implemented in your classroom, build positive interdependence.
  • Guide students through brainstorming and writing a class mission statement and class goals.
  • Have students research mission statements of Fortune 500 companies to compare and contrast.
  • Have students conduct a web search for school and school system mission statements. Evaluate the mission statements. Students use 2.0 tools to create a rubric for scoring the rubrics
  • Have students write a mission statement with family members to define the purpose of the family unit.
  • Analyze how the the main characters in the Hunger Game series demonstrate positive interdependence.
  • Generate a rhythmic proclamation that can be communicated through chant, rap, ballad to convey the importance of positive interdependence in a globally interconnected world.

A culture is "a way of thinking, behaving, or working that exists in a place or organization".
One can seek to establish a classroom culture that values and encourages learning, and makes its attainment something that everyone celebrates. Such efforts are most effective when they are explicit, and adopted by all participants rather than just one change agent.
To apply strategies to empower students to become individually accountable to the entire class.

Is public performance of assigned roles and responsibilities required?

  • Roles & Responsibilities
Assign roles and responsibilities for routine tasks for management and care of the classroom environment. Student empowerment and positive interdependence are evident in the assumed accountability to the entire class. Students who assume roles and responsibilities are intrinsically motivated.
  • Affirmations/Praisers

  • Social Skills
  • Putting Positive Word in Their Mouths

Students become proactive members of the classroom when learning is facilitated in such a manner that empowers students. When young people are engaged, empowered, and encouraged to contribute and collaborate, learning becomes deeply personal and beneficial.
To apply strategies to enable individual accountability.

  • Data Notebooks
Students use data notebooks to self-regulate and monitor progress toward individual goals. Students set 3 goals: academic, behavior, and well-being.
  • Electronic Data Notebooks/Portfolios

Digital Badging
To apply strategies to establish and support simultaneous interaction

  • Classbuilding
  • Teambuilding

They could create their own language in classroom but it isn't going to be easy because it takes lot of practice...

Class Blog

Class Meetings
Sustained, authentic learning not only behaves like a culture, but is embedded in one. One of the biggest mistakes education continues to make is to dehumanize the process. The need to learn begins in a community, and ends up there as well. From this community, people carry with them stories, insecurities, interests, and other strands of living that can act as powerful schema in the learning process.
To integrate positive interdependence, individual accountability, equal participation, and simultaneous interaction to create a culture of student engagement and empowerment.

  • Progress Monitoring
  • Class Meetings

Gradual Release
In some instances, teachers struggle with the gradual release of responsibility in the classroom. It's moving from the "sage on the stage" mentality of doing it all to an activator of learning from the side and it requires a change in one's approach to teaching, which drives the learning in the classroom. It's all about the learning and creating the environment to sustain this culture is critical to the future of education.

Goal 2||||||||||||||

Connection to NC Standards