The rising educator blends knowledge of learners, content, responsive planning, and appropriate instructional strategies to obtain and sustain learners’ engagement from the beginning of a learning experience.
In formal and informal learning environments, skilled educators take care to plan and implement learning activities that are engaging, purposeful, and tailored to the learners. The initial minutes of any learning experience are essential for setting up a sustained, quality experience.
Skilled educators possess deep knowledge of how to sequence activities, structure experiences, and engage learners. Through hands-on experiences and extensive opportunities for mentoring and reflection under the wing of a skilled veteran, rising educators make strides to develop these skills.
There are many ways to grab an individual’s or a group’s attention, including the use of images, stories, questions, and writing prompts, among other options. Skilled educators ensure that their selected strategies are purposefully linked to support learners’ engagement and growth. Establishing an equitable classroom culture and implementing anti-bias instruction are key aspects of engaging and supporting all learners.
During their teaching experiences, rising educators are expected to strategically hook learners’ attention and lay the groundwork for a successful learning experience.
It is recommended that the lesson or learning experience you will spotlight for this micro-credential submission take place with a group of learners with whom you have worked for a sustained period. This way, you can draw upon the relationships and rapport you have cultivated with the learners.
The featured lesson or learning experience in the micro-credential submission should be planned at least one or two days in advance of its implementation. Here are some examples of questions you should consider when planning this micro-credential submission:
Consider anchoring your lesson by using the “High Leverage Practices” identified by Teaching Works, which can be used at the start of a learning experience to support quality engagement. These include:
Facilitating an equitable classroom culture and anti-bias instruction should be embedded in the lesson planning and delivery. These are critical elements of successful teaching.
It is recommended that you prepare, deliver, videotape, and reflect on more than one lesson or learning experience before selecting and submitting the one that best represents your skilled practice.
You are strongly encouraged to write a first draft of “Part 3: Reflection” within a day of teaching and videotaping the lesson. Capturing fresh memories and insights is important, and it mirrors how skilled educators have to move quickly to reflect on teaching experiences and immediately move forward.
This micro-credential is aligned to the following Educators Rising Standards:
II. Learning About Students
III. Building Content Knowledge
IV. Engaging in Responsive Planning
V. Implementing Instruction
VI. Using Assessments and Data
VII. Engaging in Reflective Practice
To complete the application for this micro-credential, the rising educator will complete the Educators Rising Learner Engagement submission form. To earn the micro-credential, the rising educator must earn a score of “Highly Skilled” or “Commendable” on all components of the Part 1, 2, and 3 rubrics. If the rising educator does not earn the micro-credential, he/she is encouraged to reflect on where the submission fell short, address those areas successfully per the rubric, and resubmit. Remember to download the Educators Rising Learner Engagement submission form for compiling your submission here: http://bit.ly/EdRisingLearner
Compose a reflective essay using the following guiding questions (500-word maximum; use the provided submission form).
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