- #UKEdChat session 603
- In the weeks before the summer holidays, it is easy for engagement to dip
- Having a sense of purpose is vital for engagement.
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At the time of writing, schools are 4 to 6 weeks away from the summer holidays. Exam season is coming to an end, and keeping sense of purpose can be hard at times, especially as routines become harder to maintain. In the twilight of the academic year learners are seemingly leaving the classroom for all sorts of reasons: transition days, awards, sport days. This makes lesson engagement more of a challenge.
Many teachers battle against the lose of routine, while others embrace it. But I suspect most teachers are somewhere in between and make attempts to deal with it, but ultimately are forced to succumb and adapt.
But how can teachers maintain and perhaps even improve engagement, especially if the pressure of exams is (temporarily) lessened?
In this #UKEdChat session, which took place on Thursday 26th May 2022 at 8pm(UK), we discussed how to maintain engagement when it is sunny outside, how to keep up your own engagement when counting down to the summer holiday, how to make the last session on a Friday afternoon a breeze (ok, maybe that is a step to far!)
- Do you find that engagement dips at this time of the school year? If so, why?
- Do you feel that after the exams season there is a lack of purpose and direction at school?
- What are your top tips for maintaining engagement when the timetable and routine becomes erratic at this time of year?
- What can make learners lose engagement at this time of year, and how can it be avoided?
- Many teachers are freed up after exams season, how do/would you use this time to stay professionally engaged?
- How can technology be used to maintain engagement?
- How can senior leaders support engagement in the school?
- How do you disengage and unwind from school?