Student Engagement Is A Thing, Isn't It?
What is Student Engagement?
Areas of Student Engagement
How Can Teachers Engage Students
This area focuses on the content and instruction, assessments, and learning experiences or opportunities. This area includes topics like agency and voice, differentiation, authentic learning.
Teachers may establish classroom routines, use consistent cues, or assign students roles that foster behaviors more conducive to learning.
Teachers may use physical activities or routines to stimulate learning or interest. For example, “kinesthetic learning” refers to the use of physical motions and activities during the learning process.
Educators may use a wide variety of strategies to promote positive emotions in students that will facilitate the learning process, minimize negative behaviors, or keep students from dropping out. This area, along with other areas connect with the principles of restorative practices in the classroom space.
Teachers may use a variety of strategies to stimulate engagement through social interactions. Strategies such as group work, collaboration., and social breaks fall into this area.
The general goal of such strategies would be to reduce the feelings of confusion, alienation, disconnection, or exclusion that some students and families may experience, and thereby increase their engagement in academics and school activities. This area allows students to share their experience in multiple ways as they learn. Think windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors. -6
Student Engagement Key Takeaways
- Engagement cannot stay high all the time. The cognitive load must decrease to allow processing and breaks
- Students engage in different ways at different times. Disengagement from one thing may indicate engagement to another stimulus.
- Teachers can focus their engagement efforts in the classroom and don't need to feel the burden to engage everything at once.
- Repetition and opportunities to show learning through achievement are important gauges to judge the type and level of engagement by students.