Love this post of using technology to increase student engagement. Great ideas and activities. My students loved the first tool!

The 5e’s of Instruction: Let’s Talk Student Engagement

In Lesson Ideas by Jen

Have you ever heard of the 5e’s of Instruction? Several months ago I was planning for one of my units when I came across several resources about the 5e’s. I immediately fell in love with the structure because this is exactly how I teach during my units of study, I just hadn’t realized there was a framework. The 5e’s are:

  • Engage
  • Explore
  • Explain
  • Elaborate
  • Evaluate
Love this post of using technology to increase student engagement. Great ideas and activities. My students loved the first tool!
I thought I would share with you over the next several weeks how I use the 5e’s during my units. For today’s post I’d like to talk about engagement. When I am teaching a unit, I like to find out what my students know about the topic at hand. I also need to make connections between past and present learning experiences. However, my lesson must focus students’ thinking so they can become mentally engaged in the learning. My favorite way to do this is to begin with the RAN Strategy. This strategy was developed by Tony Sneed from the book “Reality Checks: Teaching Reading Comprehension with Nonfiction in Grades K-5”. Basically, the strategy is the same concept as a KWL chart but it takes the idea further.
For example, ask a student the following question to begin a unit, “What do you THINK you know about ________?” Students can write their thinking on a post-it, graphic organizer, or by using technology. Once they have written what they think they know about the topic, read or have them read an article/book, watch a video, or use some of the technology tools below to introduce the concept and build background. Students will then look at what they have written and move their thinking to the “Confirmation” or “Misconception” section of the chart based on what they learned from the book or video. They can also write any “New Learning” and “Wonderings” to the chart.
Love this post of using technology to increase student engagement. Great ideas and activities. My students loved the first tool!
My favorite technology tools to use to determine student readiness and get them excited about the learning would be:
  1. Kahoot – Online game tool that is super fun and engaging. Click here to learn more.
  2. Socrative – Create quizzes for students to access on the computer or tablets.
  3. Nearpod – This can be used on computers or tablets. A whole unit could be taught using Nearpod. Click here for more information.
  4. Frolic – Frolyc is a lot like Nearpod. It has some great features.
  5. Google Drive – Use Google forms to gather information about what students’ know about a particular topic. Here is a post I wrote about using forms in the classroom.
  6. Padlet – I use Padlet to help in creating the RAN strategy, when technology is available. Padlet is basically an interactive wall. If you have devices students can scan a QR code to get to the Padlet and type what they know directly on the wall. If you don’t have access to this technology, students can do this in a computer lab setting or just type student responses on the wall during a whole group lesson. Click here to learn how to make one.
Of course, sometimes there is nothing better than a good book to engage your students!

Hopefully, I have given you enough information to help you get started getting started with one of these great tools. Choose one and try it out. Tune in next week, as I talk about the second e – explore. What tools do you like to use to engage your students? I’d love to add it to my list.