Increasing Student Engagement Through Heartbreak Mapping is an online micro-course for practicing teachers who want to motivate students and increase student engagement in their classrooms. This course explores specific teaching strategies as well as project based learning including the concept of Genius Hour. The Heartbreak Mapping activity is designed for use with students in grades 4-12, and can be utilized in just about any subject. Further reading on topics covered and specific examples of use are provided within the course.
Low Student Engagement is a Modern Day Classroom Problem
Dwindling student engagement is top-of-mind for a lot of teachers these days. At every grade level, teachers wonder how they can keep their students motivated and engaged in their learning. How do you know which teaching strategies or student engagement strategies are the right ones to deploy in your classroom?
What Teaching Strategies Will Help Me Motivate My Students?
Project-Based Learning teaching strategies – like Genius Hour and Heartbreak Mapping – tap into student passions while helping educators find what really motivates them. This allows teachers to focus lessons around those interests, passions, and heartaches – increasing student engagement in their own learning.
Three Steps to Boost Student Engagement in Your Classroom.
This course outlines a three step process that uses a visual mapping technique to direct student learning and keep them focused on what matters to them. This heartbreak mapping technique motivates students by keeping them invested in their learning and boosting student engagement in your classroom.
Meet Your Instructor – Joy Kirr
Joy Kirr has been teaching for over 25 years and is currently teaching 7th grade English Language Arts in a suburb of Chicago. She is a National Board Certified teacher with expertise in Special Education and Reading. Joy has embraced student directed learning, as well as project based learning, and is happy to be identified as a “Genius Hour Evangelist”. You can follow Joy online on her blog – http://geniushour.blogspot.com. She has also published two instructional strategy books: Shift This (2017) and Word Shift (2019).