Staying Engaged While Staying Away

#UKEdChat session 508 – Maintaining engagement and the excitement and awe of would is being taught is the bread and butter of teaching. In the classroom. We act out scenes, tell stories, and even blow stuff up (sometimes on purpose) to engage our pupils even in the driest of topics. But how can this be carried over when pupils are learning away from the classroom?

While there is little doubt that children are constantly learning outside of school and this should be greatly encouraged and supported, for the purposes of this discussion we are focusing on engagement with school-based learning which has been directed or semi-directed by the teacher. Whether teaching remotely because of lockdown, homework or long-term projects, maintaining engagement and ensuring that expectations are high and the work is being done in a timely matter are paramount.

In the #UKEdChat discussion on Thursday 18th June 2020 at 8pm (UK) we discussed how engagement differs between inside and outside the classroom, how to maintain engagement when working away from the teacher, and how to ensure timely progress.


  1. How does engagement differ between learning in the classroom and outside of the classroom?
  2. In your opinion, what are the main causes of a lack of engagement and heightened engagement?
  3. What is the role of parents in maintaining engagement in homework or remote learning?
  4. How can we make remote learning more engaging? What strategies do you use?
  5. Is behaviour management essential for engagement, or needed as a result of lack of engagement?
  6. How can high classroom expectation be maintained when completing work away from the classroom?
  7. How can technology be used to ensure work and learning happens in a timely manner?
  8. How do you maintain your own engagement in the topics you teach?

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