Learner Engagement Unit 2 Activity 2

Chapter 3


TEXT-TO-PRACTICE EXERCISES TPE 3.1: Survey learner involvement outside of school. Survey your learners about their involvement in activities outside of the school. Ask them what they do with their after-school time. Where do they have the most fun? When are they most bored? Where are they most challenged?

TPE 3.2: Compare engagement in and out of the classroom. Using self-determination theory as a framework (see Figure 3.1), compare your classroom to a structured out-of-school context (e.g., extracurricular activities, an alter-school or community-based program).
How does each context support learners' need for relatedness, autonomy, and competence? What aspects of out-of-school contexts could you incorporate in your classroom?

TPE 3.3: Survey parents about involvement. Survey parents in your classroom about their level of parent involvement. What do they perceive as barriers to involvement? What resources would help them to be more revolved?


Chapter 4


TEXT-TO-PRACTICE EXERCISES TPE 4.1: Rate Intrinsic Value of Tasks. For two typical days, rate all of the tasks learners are given on a scale from 1 to 5 (1 = "none"; 5 = "high") in the following areas:

1. Task value
2. Opportunities for choice
3. Active learner role

4. Peer interaction allowed
5. Novel/different type of task
6. Level of challenge

7. Opportunities for creative problem solving
8. Directly related to learners' personal experience


TPE 4.2: Rate Instruction on Level of Authenticity. Using Table 4.5 evaluate a lesson on the five standards for authentic instruction on a scale from 1 to 5.

1. Higher-order thinking (1 = "lower-order thinking only"; 5 = "higher-order thinking is central")
2. Depth of knowledge (1 = “knowledge is shallow"; 5 = "knowledge is deep”)
3. Connected to world beyond classroom (1 = "no connection"; 5 = "connected")

4. Substantive conversation (1 = "no substantive conversation"; 5 = "high-level substantive conversation")
5. Social support for learner achievement (1 = "negative social support"; 5 = "positive social support")


TPE 4.3: Interview Learners About Tasks in the Classroom. Interview a few learners about the tasks in the classroom. Below are possible questions:

1. Which tasks do you find most interesting in the classroom? Why?
2. Which tasks did you find least interesting? Why?
3. Do you feel challenged in the classroom? Why or why not?
4- Do you feel like you have the skills to do the work?

5. In what ways do you have opportunities to be creative?


TPE 4-4: Develop a Sample Lesson. Develop a sample lesson with cognitively complex tasks. Describe the cognitive and self-regulatory skills that learners will need to be successful at this lesson. Answer the following questions:

1. Did I provide appropriate amounts of time?
2. Does the task build on learners' prior knowledge?
3. Is the task situated in real-world contexts?
4. Does the task reflect subject matter?
5. Did I offer opportunities for learners to demonstrate their knowledge in different ways?