Authentic Engagement is fostered when teachers design learning experiences that will intellectually and emotionally engage students. The Authentic Engagement driver for Powerful Learning explores how to create a culture of learning, how to create a safe, welcoming and caring environment and how to set up the physical and virtual learning spaces to maximize engagement. A thinking disposition or learning mindset is central to creating an engaging learning experience. An emphasis is placed on creating a culture where high expectations are combined with challenging tasks, and where students are provided with the necessary supports to ensure their success. In other words, Authentic Engagement occurs in this culture that embraces academic challenge and values hard work built on relationships, a sense of belonging and trust. Students learn and understand what matters, and acquire a strong sense of purpose.
Student Engagement Definition
- Engagement invites teachers to design powerful ways of provoking thought and sparking and sustaining interest in an idea, question or problem. To ensure greater engagement it is important to explicitly design for it.
- Engagement is thought of as motivation, attention, interest, effort, enthusiasm, participation and involvement. According to Marzano et. al (2011) four topics that constitute the model of attention and engagement are: emotions, interest, perceived importance and perceptions of efficacy.Student engagement involves providing students with opportunities to experience interactive learning/cooperative learning in a supportive environment.
- Student engagement involves providing students with opportunities to experience interactive learning/cooperative learning in a supportive environment.
Engaged Learning Environments: What does it look like?
- Learning is not constrained by time and you lose track of time and space when learning
- Lessons are fluid and continually evolving
- An atmosphere of self-worth, understanding and respect exists
- Meaningful conversation flows between students and teachers; collaboration is fostered
- Responsibility replaces accountability
- All voices are heard and valued
- Continually ask “why?” and “why not?”
- Everyone is a learner
- There is excitement in academic challenge*
*Adapted from Pg. 157 (Engagement by Design, Fisher, et.al. 2018)