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Container #4: Actively Engage Students in Observable Ways


  • 1.3 The teacher understands students’ interests
  • 2.6 The teacher engages students 

Note: Blue font indicates GLAD strategy


  • Develops lesson plans to fit time allotted, e.g., 3 lesson segments in extended periods
  • Greets students at the door
  • Engages in informal conversations with students that are not related to academics
  • Uses music / rhythm / rhyme / rap / 
  • Incorporates physical movement
  • Includes project/problem-based instruction 
  • Uses 
     manipulatives, models
  • Uses 
     friendly controversy, role play, drama, pantomime, charades
  • Presents novel and unusual information 
  • Uses cooperative groups, numbered heads/heads together
  • Uses humor, personal stories, celebration
  • Demonstrates intensity and enthusiasm
  • Creates relevance
  • Monitors response rates and adjusts pacing
  • Provides multiple ways for students to respond, e.g., individual response/
    choral response)
  • Other


  • Are engaged, learning and retaining important content for course
  • Respond when teacher demonstrates understanding of their backgrounds and interests 

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