Having engaged learners is one thing that the teaching profession can agree is a good thing, but how that engagement happens is the subject of a profound ideological debate and division among colleagues. Much of the argument is about who is responsible for the engagement and how that form can be fostered to improve learning. Should teachers expect intrinsic engagement and discipline when that is not apparent, or aim to hold pupils’ attention through captivating lessons and activities. While there are strong polarised opinions at either end of the spectrum, there are many nuanced positions in between.
In this #UKEdChat discussion educational engagement in all its forms and how engagement can be developed to improve learning.
- What does educational engagement mean to you?
- Do you think that engagement is the responsible of the teacher, or the pupils?
- What everyday things can teachers do to improve pupil engagement?
- How can teachers help pupils be more intrinsically engaged?
- What is the relationship between engagement and classroom discipline?
- What role do parents and the wider school play in educational engagement?
- Does technology foster or hinder learning engagement, and how can this be improved?
- What are your top tips to improve engagement?
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