The Four Keys to Student Engagement

As a full-time education consultant, Allison Zmuda works with educators to grow ideas on how to make learning for students challenging, possible and worthy of the attempt. Over the past fifteen years, Zmuda has shared curricular, assessment, and instructional ideas, shown illustrative examples, and offered practical strategies of how to get started.

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keys to student engagementBy: Allison Zmuda and Robyn Jackson

Every educator wants to know how to get kids more excited, more motivated, more focused in their daily routines. As thought partners and friends, we tried to dig more deeply into the subject of engagement and how to unlock student potential through four keys:

Clarity. Context. Culture. Challenge.

We then described what an engaged learner looked like as opposed to a compliant, dutiful learner.

  • View the 1-pager – Engaged or Compliant Learner – to see the primary differences between these two different mindsets. For example, a compliant, dutiful learner will follow oral and/or written directions with minimal prompting while an engaged learner may follow oral and/or written directions with minimal prompting but may pursue an alternative approach to personalize the experience.

Based on our ideas, we presented a session to over 400 educators discussing the “what” — the secret to real student engagement. This follow-up interactive webinar delved more deeply into the “how” — what students need and what actions educators can take to engender more engagement in the learning process.

Now, it is your turn.

What can you going to do based on the ideas shared? How will you collect feedback? Use the comment space down below to inspire one another.


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