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Student Engagement


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Student Engagement

  1. 1. Engaging Students Katherine Armitage Wilkes University EDIM510
  2. 2. Engagement in class• Defined as on task behavior• Can be increased through – Incorporating high energy – Using missing information – Tapping into the self – Applying mild pressure – Structuring mild competition or controversy
  3. 3. Incorporating high energy• Pacing of instruction• Teacher enthusiasm and intensity• Use of physical movement – Improves oxygen to brain
  4. 4. Using missing information• Taps into curiosity and anticipation• Human tendency to fill in the blanks• Inquiry based learning, experiments, puzzles & games
  5. 5. Tapping into the self• Self-system: hierarchy of goals, controls decisions• Identify students’ interests and priorities• Get to know students, build rapport• Activities that appeal to students’ motivation
  6. 6. Applying mild pressure• Forces attention on the task• Appropriate duration and intensity• Questioning and wait time• Should not induce anxiety
  7. 7. Structuring competition/controversy• Engineered controversy to elicit strong opinions• Resolve controversies through discussion/ investigation• Opportunity to compete adds excitement – Inconsequential competition – Should not lead to embarrassment or blame
  8. 8. ReferencesMarzano, R. (2007). The art and science of teaching: A comprehensive framework for effective instruction. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.