What is the correlation among these variables: engagement, relevance and equity?


 

Engagement has to do with relevance. Relevance is the condition of” being connected” or when something is pertinent. In other words students are engage in a lesson when there is something for them.  How do we achieve engagement? I don’t know, but maybe this anecdote will help you understand relevance better. One particular year, I was struggling to get my fifth grade students to understand the concept of percentages in math. I tried everything in the book to help them understand without success.

At my wit’s end, God illuminated me and I asked the students to let me know how much their parents earned and how much they had to pay for rent, utilities and groceries. Surprisingly for me, these fifth graders knew this information. We worked their budgets on the board and in about 20 minutes my students not only understood about percentages but also how much it would cost their parents to buy them Jordan’s sneakers that were “in”, at that time.

So what can we conclude? Here are my two cents: Effective teachers must engage students in their lessons by providing relevant activities to their teaching, when they do that we achieve equity.

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About drcorretjer

Doctorate in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning. Vast experience working with English language Learners and their families. Has successfully implemented programs that increased parental involvement in schools and professional collaboration among teachers. Has presented at local, state, and national levels on the topics of curriculum and best teaching practices for English Language Learners. Specialized in alternative assessments for English Language Learners to include portfolios. My goal at this time is to mentor,and nurture new teachers or prospective teachers. I'd like to create a bridge between their college education and the realities of a public school classroom. I believe we can attract and retain the best and the brightest if we provide them with a real foundation and help them be successful. Our children deserve that. Publications: Listen to me: Exploring students' voices regarding homework Lambert Academic Publishing |May 11, 2011 Most of the research conducted about homework is based on adults’ perspectives. This case study explored the perspectives of 5th and 6th grade students in comparison with 10 teachers’ perceptions regarding homework completion. The author administered questionnaires and conducted in depth interviews using a stratified purposive sample and extreme case sampling; which educed the participants’ perceptions and practices about homework. The students’ represented 4 distinct groups: English Language Learners, general education, gifted and talented and special education. The teachers’ instruct 5th and 6th grade. The results of the study indicate that students do not complete their homework because they find it too hard, boring, or they do not understand it. Interestingly, students think that worksheets are hard and boring. However, they are not against homework! This book should benefit teachers, parents, school administrators and staff developers. It would also help develop homework practices that would increase homework completion and student learning. This book brings out the voices of the students to the forefront. After all, they are the ones doing the homework. Listen to them!
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