Real Engagement: How Do I Help My Students Become Motivated, Confident, and Self-Directed Learners?

Real Engagement: How Do I Help My Students Become Motivated, Confident, and Self-Directed Learners?

Real Engagement: How Do I Help My Students Become Motivated, Confident, and Self-Directed Learners?

Real Engagement: How Do I Help My Students Become Motivated, Confident, and Self-Directed Learners?

Synopsis

Students following directions, dutifully completing assignments, and quietly cooperating. For some teachers, this kind of compliance is a goal worth pursuing, but for you, it's not enough. You want real engagement--a classroom filled with students who ask intriguing questions, immerse themselves in assignments, seek feedback on their performance, and take pride in their progress. So even as you race to cover a demanding curriculum and address standards, you're wearing yourself out searching for the hooks that will inspire your students and make them eager to learn.It's not that you're not doing enough to motivate your students; it's that you're probably focusing on the wrong things.In this book, Allison Zmuda and Robyn R. Jackson explain the four keys to real engagement: clarity, context, challenge, and culture. Their smart, concrete strategies for improving classroom assignments, assessments, and environments will help you create learning experiences that are rigorous, meaningful, and rewarding for your students and yourself.

Excerpt

No teacher wants a classroom full of bored and lethargic students who put their heads on their desks the moment the lesson starts, shrug and stare blankly when called on, and blithely scribble the convenient answer when completing their work—assuming that they complete their work at all. If you’re like us or the teachers we serve in our workshops, you came to teaching for something more. You came to teaching to inspire your students to learn, and to create a classroom space where you and your students work together to achieve insight and understanding.

So when it comes to student engagement, you’re active and committed. You keep an eye out for new strategies and the latest tricks that will help you gain and maintain your students’ attention. You look to jazz up your lessons, seek hooks that will startle and delight your students, and find new ways of presenting the material that will get them excited about the task ahead. And, if you’re honest, sometimes it feels like you’re killing yourself to line up this dog and pony show each day.

You’re not alone. We see this all the time—dedicated teachers who are working incredibly hard to be “inspiring” and chasing just the right combination of lesson elements that will get their students interested, involved, and actively . . .

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