How to Re-Engage Learners

Thursday 21st October 2021

  • #UKEdChat session 575
  • The reasons for disengagement are usually concept and multifaceted
  • Know why learners have disengaged is the start of them becoming re-engaged.
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Whether it is a lull after the initial honeymoon period when learners first enter a class, or a long-term decline in engagement, recapturing the learning spark is vital for successful progress, not to mention the enjoyment of learning. Having self-motivated learners makes the process of teaching easier, but the achievement of students is likely to be higher than would otherwise be, no matter what their baseline ability might be.

A part of a teacher’s duties is to identify barriers to learning, and when a learner shows disinterest in the classroom, we need to discover why. While there may be something going on in a young person’s life that means that they are preoccupied and/or acting out in the classroom, we need to also ask whether the process of learning isn’t pitched right for them and whether it is accessible or relevant. Hard as it is to admit as teachers, sometimes the thing that turned learners off learning is the learning itself - or at least the current method of learning.

In this #UKEdChat session, which took place on Thursday 21st October 2021 at 8pm(UK), we discussed what schools and individual teachers can do to combat disengagement, what steps can be taken to try to re-engage learners, how to make learning relevant to individuals, and what role school culture and technology can play.


  1. In your opinion, what are the main reasons for disengagement from learning?
  2. What aspects of school are potentially disengaging for learners?
  3. What does an engaging lesson look like? What are the key features?
  4. What is the role of school culture in promoting engagement in learning?
  5. What strategies have you used to try to re-engage learners?
  6. What is the role of technology in promoting engagement in learning?
  7. What changes can schools make to become more engaging places?
  8. What is the role of communication, both with learners and others, in promoting engagement in school?

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Martin Burrett is the editor of our popular UKEdMagazine, along with curating resources in the ICTMagic section, and free resources for teachers on UKEd.Directory

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