As you take time to reflect on your daily teaching practices to look at student engagement, student interactions, daily objectives, and assessments, you cannot forget to determine each lessons Depth of Knowledge or DOK. It is critical that as you plan your lessons you work to make sure that the objective, the tasks, and the assessment are all within the same DOK level. Additionally, you want to make sure that you are planning each lesson at a DOK level 2 or higher. I have found some great Youtube videos that not only explain Depth of Knowledge but also videos that show each level in action at different middle schools. Take some time to watch the videos, reflect, adjust your lessons accordingly, and share with your students.
In conversations with many of you I have heard several people interested in doing Socratic seminars. I have seen the "fish bowl" in Balthazor's class many times and I know Lisa Lewis has incorporated the strategy with hers students as well. Talk about "engagement." Check out the two videos below and thnk about ways you might be able to implement this in your classroom.
JUSTIFY: Justify is to give an acceptable explanation for something that other people think is unreasonable.