Todd Finley @ Edutopia
To help explain engagement, Mr. Finley uses Adam Fletcher's definition.
"Students are engaged when they are attracted to their work, persist despite challenges and obstacles, and take visible delight in accomplishing their work."That's good, right?
Mr. Finley continues by listing the benefits of engagement, including increased academic achievement and better social skills, and the results of disengagement, including disruptive behaviors and avoidance behaviors.
Finally, Mr. Finley summarizes the results of Kristy Cooper's extensive study on three effective strategies to increase engagement. The third engagement, Connective Instruction, proved to be the most meaningful. There are six behaviors that teachers can use to build relationships. Read them. Use them. Engage them.