Student Engagement: Resource Roundup
Keeping students captivated and ready to learn throughout the year is no small task. Here's a list of articles, videos, links, and other resources that offer strategies and advice for retaining their attention.
Resources by Topic:
- Tips and Strategies for Keeping Students Engaged
- Engagement Through Projects
- Engagement Through Technology
- Engagement Through Social and Emotional Learning
- Additional Resources on the Web
Tips and Strategies for Keeping Students Engaged
Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement, by Heather Wolpert-Gawron (2012)
Middle-school teacher and Edutopia blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron polled her students to find out what they thought was engaging.
How Do We Know When Students Are Engaged? by Ben Johnson (2012)
Blogger Ben Johnson defines student engagement and describes what it looks like in the classroom.
What Do Your Rules Say About You? by Lori Cullen (2012)
Blogger Lori Cullen examines the correlation between student engagement and the types of rules their teachers post in the classroom.
- Ten Tips for Engaging Underperforming Students (2011)
Guided by research, educators at Cochrane Collegiate have homed in on ten top teaching methods. You can also watch a video about engaging students from this school, below.
- Ten Tips for Classroom Management (2011)
In our downloadable PDF classroom guide, learn how to improve student engagement and build a positive climate for learning and discipline for grades K-12.
- Ten Simple Strategies for Re-engaging Students, by Andrew Marcinek (2010)
Blogger Andrew Marcinek shares some ideas for jump-starting a tired classroom
- How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class, by Tristan de Frondeville (2009)
Ten tactics and activity ideas to increase classroom participation and get students back on track.
For more ideas, check out all Edutopia blogs tagged with "Student Engagement."
Engagement Through Projects
- For Engaging Projects, Connect Learning to Students’ Lives, by Suzie Boss (2012)
Blogger Suzie Boss looks at different ways to implement meaningful and relevant projects in class to engage students.
- Mathematics Education: A Way Forward, by David Wees (2011)
To engage students with math, blogger David Wees suggests putting relevancy at the center of the curriculum rather than computations.
- Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects, by Suzie Boss (2011)
Twenty ideas for getting engaging projects going in your classroom.
- Science Inquiry Carnival: Inquiry-Based Projects for the Classroom, by Eric Brunsell (2010)
STEM blogger Eric Brunsell shares a large variety of inquiry-based projects to engage students.
- Ten Steps to Better Student Engagement, by Tristan de Frondeville (2009)
How to use project-based learning teaching strategies everyday to improve your everyday classroom experience.
- Find more Edutopia content on this topic on our Project-Based Learning Core Strategy page.
Engagement Through Technology
- Increase Student Engagement by Getting Rid of Textbooks, by Shelly Blake-Plock (2012)
E-books can be inspiring for today's students, enticing them to get engaged with the material, suggests Edutopia guest blogger Shelly Blake-Plock.
- A Day in the Life of a Connected Classroom, by Andrew Marcinek (2011)
Andrew Marcinek uses Twitter, Googledocs and a variety of other tools to connect and engage his classroom for a lesson in information fluency.
- Differentiated Instruction: Getting Personal with Technology (2010)
How a South Carolina elementary school has used computers to engage students in a learning process calibrated to their individual needs and abilities.
- Edutopia Webinar: Engaging the Digital Generation (2009)
In this recorded webinar from Edutopia's Digital Generation Project, innovative educators shared practical tools and strategies for engaging the digital learner.
- Wii Love Learning: Using Gaming Technology to Engage Students, by Laila Weir (2008)
How to put today's hottest game console to educational use.
- Find more Edutopia content on this topic on our Technology Integration Core Strategy page.
Engagement Through Social and Emotional Learning
- Engaging Students with Social and Emotional Learning, by Maurice Elias (2012)
Psychology professor and Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias looks at four ways to engage students with social and emotional learning techniques.
- How to Bring Service Learning to Your School, by Maurice Elias (2009)
Students who engage in educational community service have the opportunity to help others and to grow academically, emotionally, and socially.
- How to Use Service Learning to Engage Kids, by Lisa Morehouse (2009)
Six strategies for starting meaningful community-service projects.
- Kids Feel the Power of Poetry in Performance, by Grace Rubenstein (2009)
Through slam poetry, students reach new heights in literacy and in life.
- Emotional Engagement in Education: Should Teachers Care About Student Apathy? by Jim Moulton (2008)
Former Edutopia blogger Jim Moulton shares advice for creating projects that involve students in the real world and put learning into context.
- Find more Edutopia content on this topic on our Social and Emotional Learning Core Strategy page.
Additional Resources on the Web
- 26 Keys to Student Engagement (Educational Consultant Angela Maiers)
- Student Engagement Handbook: Creating a Culture of Academic Achievement (PDF Excerpt, International Center for Leadership in Education)
- "Strengthening Student Engagement: What Do Students Want?" (ASCD's Educational Leadership)
- "What is Student Engagement Anyway?" (Educause Quarterly)
- Strengthening Student Engagement (PDF), (International Center for Leadership in Education)