Engagement Through Projects
Ten Steps to Better Student Engagement, by Tristan de Frondeville (2009)
De Frondeville expains how to use project-based learning and associated teaching strategies to improve your everyday classroom experience.
For Engaging Projects, Connect Learning to Students’ Lives, by Suzie Boss (2012)
In this post, Boss looks at different ways to implement meaningful and relevant projects in class to engage students.
Engagement through Technology
4 Technologies to Help Students Find Their Voice in Your Classroom, by Terry Heick (2014)
Heick suggests helping students find their voice in the classroom through technology, whether a medium in which they’re already comfortable or one that you believe will make them more articulate.
Gamifying Student Engagement, by Matthew Farber (2013)
Social studies teacher and ed tech adjunct Farber outlines the basics of gamification and suggests how they can be used to engage students in a game-centric world.
Engagement Through Social and Emotional Learning
Emotional Engagement: Should Teachers Care About Student Apathy? by Jim Moulton (2008)
Former Edutopia blogger Moulton shares advice for creating projects that involve students in the real world and put learning into context.
Teaching Empathy: Turning a Lesson Plan into a Life Skill, by Joe Hirsch (2014)
Hirsch, teacher leader and curriculum developer, describes the jigsaw method of cooperative learning and how it naturally builds empathy and increases engagement as students rely on each other to share pieces of a bigger picture.