My students have had to become problem solvers and use their critical thinking skills to work on the technological issues that are posed to them on a daily basis. This is a skill I know will help in their real world experiences. That is a huge part of student engagement is to give them a reason to want to be in class and learn. I challenge my students to be responsible for their own learning as well. I want to build leaders of the future. I realize that I get to select the students who work with me in the Learning Commons, but that does not always ensure that I get all students who are self-motivated.
Reading these articles were not new ideas for me but rather confirming that using student engagement is the right way to go. Student engagement takes energy and the right frame of mind by the teacher as well. If a teacher does not have energy and enthusiasm, the students will not have the drive to put in the hard work it takes. The earlier we can get students engaged in school and classwork the better for the student and teachers as well. Keeping learning meaningful is a great way to keep students engaged. I want my students to walk away each day and say it was a great experience.