- Engagement is often about students having a connection to themselves and making it real. Here is a lesson demonstrating the power of prior knowledge.
Former teacher and instructional coach Elena Aguilar describes a writing lesson on heroes in which second-grade students defined their version of the word and listed heroes in their lives. Though the lesson veered away from Aguilar's original plan, it prompted a celebration honoring family and community heroes and plans for a classroom-authored book, all of which provided a more authentic learning experience for the students, she writes. Edutopia.org/Elena Aguilar's blog (1/18)