Student Engagement: 12 Myths

Student engagement is one of the most reliable predictors of gains in learning.

Beth Dichter’s insight:

How can we tell if our students are engaged? At time we ask students to complete pop quizzes, and we grade on participation, but what about the student who is shy and tends not to participate in discussions.

The post begins with a discussion on what student engagement looks like. One point they made is:

“The opposite of engagement is disaffection. Disaffected [students] are passive, do not try hard, and give up easily in the face of challenges… [they can] be bored, depressed, anxious, or even angry about their presence in [a course]; they can be withdrawn from learning opportunities or even rebellious towards teachers and [peers].”

What can we do? This post provides a number of recommendations as well as their list of 12 myths about student engagement. Three of the myths are listed below. You will find additional information about these three, as well as the nine additional myths in the post.

1. Engagement is schooling is the same as engagement in learning.

2. Participation should be graded.

3. Group projects enhance learning.

This post provides food for thought. It may make you rethink how you approach certain activities in your classroom.



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