2022 Education in Review: Keep Your Students Engaged

Student engagement is an important topic to keep top of mind as we begin closing 2022 and heading into the new year. We spoke with education professionals about trends and challenges they saw over the past 12 months in the classroom. Among all of the responses, engagement was at the top of the list.

Education Expert Michael Horn gives his top tips and advice on how to maintain a high level of student engagement especially as they get older.

Michael’s Thoughts:

“It’s been another crazy school year to say the least. And as educators look to 2023, I think the biggest lessons for everyone are around engagement. Engagement, that’s the bottom line and you do that frankly through good teaching and learning. So, a key way of driving engagement for students starts with active learning.

We’re not gonna lecture at them and drone on for long periods of. But instead, how do we actively engage them? That can be through flipping the classroom so that they’re doing learning at home, getting that content, that knowledge, and then coming into the class to do the critical conversations, apply the learning, ask questions, and things of that nature.

It can be starting. Units with big questions or paradoxes that don’t make sense or can be starting with problems or projects that spark an interest in students to learn more. And then they want to go deeper and deeper into the learning cuz it connects to something now that they’re passionate about, that they’re engaged in, that they’re interested in.

Because when people develop questions in their head, they want to go deeper in. And that’s what you want to do is find that spark so that you can engage. And I think that’s what we’ve seen is that, one of the biggest challenges facing educators at all levels right now is student engagement. So those are a few tips for how to reverse that.”

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