I remember spending hours on my laptop, multitasking between Facebook, Youtube, and Netflix, crafting what I thought was the perfect lesson. It contained videos, a portion on what students would copy in their notebooks, and popular culture references.
----LATER THE FOLLOWING DAY----
"Ok, class. That is the lesson for today and now you need to complete and submit the questions outlined on the handout." **Four students raise their hands**
A part of my ego wished these four students wanted to congratulate me on the lesson. Instead, what I got was four separate requests to use the washroom. The experience was a blow to my ego and confidence, but it provided me with a marker by which to judge the engagement of future lessons. You see that day I discovered the positive correlation between the number of bathroom requests and lesson engagement.
The lessons found on the Meaningful Writing Projects TpT page have been used in the classroom to practice student writing and promote growth. While there is no guarantee no one will ask to go to the bathroom, the focus of these lessons are on student engagement and should keep bathroom breaks at a level that are less suspicious