It shouldn’t surprise anyone to hear that one of the most consistent findings in educational research demonstrates that the more engaged students are in instruction, the more they learn. When students are engaged they are motivated to learn. We, as teachers know this and yet in the realities of the educational world and the practicalities of running an everyday classroom, we often get caught up in such factors as the rush to cover information, lack of classroom (and planning) time, along with the numbers and educational diversity of students in our classrooms.
When it comes to addressing engagement and motivation of students, research has shown that for a student to become engaged, motivated, and ready to learn, there are four questions they must answer for themselves:
1). How do I feel? (about the class, about the teacher, about being here today) A welcoming, enthusiastic, caring teacher that brings themselves into the classroom, brings the students with him/her.
2). Am I interested? (in this topic, in the manner the teacher is presenting it) Making the topic or approach to the subject interesting causes the working memory to process it more completely.
3). Is this important? (How is this meaningful? How is this relevant to me?) Engagement is defined by importance. If students can find meaning and relevance in what is studied, they will deem it important and be more engaged.
4). Can I do this? If students believe they can perform the tasks, the brain will accept it and these students will be more motivated to be engaged in those tasks.
CLICK HERE to access a PDF of the Article: Keys to Student Engagement -Movement & Choice, gives us a look at factors that can have a major impact on whether students in your classrooms are engaged, “active learners”.
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Patricia A. Crum Ed.D. & Terry L. Crum M.S., National Trainers & Educational Consultants