Increasing Student Engagement: Planning Outside the Box, Grades K-12

Deepening Learning

Students must engage in lessons at a deeper level than ever before. However, many educators are left wondering, what does deep engagement look like, how can I increase the level of student engagement within my classroom, and how can I do this in a way that is easy to manage, timely, and, most of all, meaningful to students.

Motivating students and encouraging engagement is not an easy feat for teachers. While much of the motivation is intrinsic to the student, teachers play a vital role and can be proactive in cultivating student engagement. Increased student engagement and motivation is key to academic and behavioral success.

Many of today’s classrooms are designed and practiced as teaching classrooms, where the actions and learning are focused on and driven by the teacher. Teaching classrooms, however, do not match the needs and expectations for 21st Century learning. To be successful in the 21st Century students need to be engaged in learning classrooms, where the actions and learning are focused on student outcomes and classroom practices that strengthen and deepen not only students’ content knowledge but their overall ability to think deeply, communicate, analyze, problem solve, and take responsibility for their learning.

This comprehensive course provides educators with the strategies and tools for understanding how to increases the level of student engagement within every lesson, every day. We will also focus on instructional methods for helping students to meet the learning expectations for their state content standards and to be College and Career ready.

This course has been designed to not only help educators’ with instructional strategies to address increasing student engagement with core course content but to also assist in the implementation of the following components of Danielson’s Framework for Teaching:

  • Domain 1e: Designing Coherent Instruction
  • Domain 2a: Creating an Environment of Respect and Rapport
  • Domain 2b: Establishing a Culture for Learning
  • Domain 3c: Engaging Students in Learning

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