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Measuring Student Engagement in Classroom

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19 October 2020

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Introduction

Have you ever wondered whether your students are well engaged in your classes? Well, I’m always curious to find out how best my students are engaged in my classroom.

It's pretty easy to spot if student engagement is low in the classroom.

Measurement is a quantitative term, and the approach to measuring any data work out well if we associate our measurement criteria to a quantitative score. Let us divide this whole process into the following steps to arrive at the best student engagement score.

Student engagement is when students show excitement to learn, a positive attitude in class and participate in learning.

Student engagement is important because it is directly linked to increased student achievement. When they are not engaged, they score low in tests and deal with more behavioral issues.

Active learning and class participation strategies improve student engagement largely.

Let's check out some ways to measure student engagement.

 

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Ways to Measure Student Engagement

1. FIX THE PERIOD TO BE USED FOR THE MEASUREMENT PROCESS 

Select a period, say one week or 2 weeks or even one month, and a duration in each day of the selected period, say 1 hour or 2 hours each day, for applying this measurement approach.

Shorter periods work better in the initial phases and later, after gaining momentum, you can move on to longer periods.

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2. GATHER THE CRITERIA TO BE USED TO CALCULATE THE STUDENT ENGAGEMENT SCORE 

Next, over the selected period, we need to record student behaviors in every class based on certain criteria.

For a Math class, let’s consider the following criteria to contribute to our student engagement score (these are just some example criteria, you can include any such into the list as per your class practices and activities).

  • Students are given time to digest the learning that has happened in the class and to self-reflect their understanding.
  • Students are allowed to do a hands-on activity based on learning for some time in the class.
  • Students are randomly picked up and involved in answering queries.
  • Some students are encouraged to brief on the current class topic for 5 minutes.
  • Students are given the opportunity to visualize and understand the topics using the latest technological aids.
  • Students are involved in group activities.
  • Students are encouraged to clarify their doubts then and there.

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3. ATTACH A SCORE TO EVERY CHOSEN CRITERION AND ARRIVE AT THE TOTAL SCORE FOR THE DAY

Once the criteria are chosen, it’s easier to attach a score, say 10 points, to each of the criteria. You can give different weights to each of the criteria, say 5 points to one, and 15 points to another based on the likeliness of the activity chosen to happen in your class schedule.

Also, arrive at the total score by summing up all the individual scores associated with each criterion and this total score will be your “student engagement measurement scores (SEMS).”

4. RECORD THE SCORES OVER THE CHOSEN FREQUENCIES

It’s your turn to record the scores regularly for the chosen criteria over the selected periods. Once the scores are recorded on a day-to-day basis over a period, organize the data into a readable format – preferably a pictorial or a tabular format.

5. ANALYZE THE SCORES AND TAKE CORRECTIVE & IMPROVEMENT ACTIONS

The SEMS data collected at regular frequencies will indicate your class pattern and will project the areas where you will need to plan and improve student engagement.

6. RUN A PILOT ACTIVITY TO EXERCISE THE CHOSEN MEASUREMENT APPROACH

Now, it is time to test and implement your approach. Go ahead and execute the steps as below for the pilot run:

  • Select a period and a duration –

One week and 1 hour each day (during Math class).

  • Choose the measurement criteria –

(i) Students are given time to self-reflect.
(ii) Students are allowed to do hands-on activities.
(iii) Students are encouraged to interact with the teacher.
(iv) Students are given the opportunity to visualize the concepts.
(v) Students are involved in group activities.
(vi) Students are randomly called to answer interactive queries.

  • Attach scores to each of the criteria above and arrive at the total score –

(i) Students are given time to self-reflect — 10 points
(ii) Students are allowed to do hands-on activities — 10 points
(iii) Students are encouraged to interact with the teacher — 5 points
(iv) Students are given an opportunity to visualize the concepts — 10 points
(v) Students are involved in group activities — 5 points
(vi) Students are randomly called to answer interactive queries — 10 points
Total SEMS for a day = 50 points (10 + 10 + 5 + 10 + 5 + 10)

  • Record the scores over a chosen period (1 week – 5 days and 1 hr in a day) –

Day 1 – 35 points (i, ii, iii, vi)
Day 2 – 30 points (i, iii, iv, v)
Day 3 – 40 points (i, ii, iii, iv, v)
Day 4 – 35 points (i, ii, iv, v)
Day 5 – 45 points (i, ii, iii, iv, vi)

  • Transform the collected data into a pictorial representation:

student engagement graph

  • Analyze the collected data and plan for improvement areas –

From the pictorial charts made, we can clearly see that the points (iii), (v), and (vi) are the areas of improvement, and based on this, you can plan to add more activities for student interactions or to make corrections to your class schedule to incorporate some of these activities into your daily plan. The planned and systematic approach pays up and makes way for progressive growth.


7. PERIODICALLY REVIEW YOUR MEASUREMENT CRITERIA AND MAKE AMENDMENTS ACCORDINGLY

It’s always good to review our processes now and then to refresh our approaches and to break the monotony. Always be open to new additions and new methodologies to stay connected with the younger generation and to grow ourselves.


Cuemath's Way of Measuring Student Engagement

  • Students’ attempts of solving concept-based worksheets are recorded in each of the Cuemath classes by the Cuemath teacher. (Concept understanding and self-reflection)
  • Students’ attempts of solving tab based mental aptitude exercises are recorded in each Cuemath class automatically by the system. (Visual and hands-on approach)
  • Students’ attempts of solving reasoning-based puzzle cards are recorded in each Cuemath class in the system. (Encouraging Out-of-the-box thinking)
  • Students’ attempts of solving Math Gym Exercises are recorded automatically by the system. (Regular practice and implementation of the basics)
  • Students’ attempts to understanding the concepts with physical Math Box tools are recorded in the system. (Hands-on visualization)
  • Monthly Progress reports which accumulate all these data are shared with the teachers and the parents via email. (Intimation to the parents)

Conclusion

Therefore, for better results, always connect learning to the real world and engage with your students' interests. One key way to involve students in their learning is to make sure the material speaks to them. This way we can achieve 100 percent student engagement in the classroom.

Cuemath, a student-friendly mathematics platform, conducts regular Online Live Classes for academics and skill-development, and their Mental Math App, on both iOS and Android, is a one-stop solution for kids to develop multiple skills.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do students become more engaged?

  1. Connect what you're teaching to real life. One key way to involve students in their learning is to make sure the material speaks to them.
  2. Use students' interests and fascinations.
  3. Give students choices.

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