But first! What is active engagement? Why should students be actively engaged?
Based on the levels of learner engagement and my experience in the classroom, here are the steps that teachers can take to reach highest level of engagement.
- The base level, compliance, is that your students know what they need to do, due to strong routines and expectations.
- The next level, scaffolding, means that the teacher has provided enough support so students can do it.
- To reach the next level, the lesson has to be compelling, either via a good story, personalization, movement, interaction with other students, or any other creative twist the teacher adds.
- Then, in order to reach and motivate all students, the lesson has to support slower-acquiring students and challenge faster-acquiring students.
As I read this, Edutopia: How do we know when students are engaged? , I noticed that TPRS teachers are already actively engaging students every day. My next post will highlight strategies for actively engaging students in reading.