I have thought a lot about student engagement in the 31 years I have been teaching teens. In fact, I would say this is one of the most intriguing questions for inquiry I have investigated, while at the same time never thinking that I have arrived at an ultimate conclusion beyond this: I still have work to do to engage my students!
Just when I think I have found a surefire new technique, a new student comes along to push me back to digging through my tool box of ideas.
There are a bunch of resources right here on Edutopia to consider. Check out these posts, for example:
One of my other favorite resources is ASCD. Here are a few things available on their site:
Today's teens are not so very different from the past. They want their learning to be meaningful, fun, and especially, they want it to be engaging. I have found a number of tech tools that my students enjoy using, such as Todaysmeet.com, Padlet, and Edmodo.
Let's not stop there, however. How about you? Got any ideas to pass along? In your experience, what has worked well? What hasn't? What have you learned from your own inquiry into student engagement? I'd love to hear from you!
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