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Engagement by Design
Creating Learning Environments Where Students Thrive

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August 2017 | 192 pages | Corwin

Every teacher wants engaged students. No student wants to be bored. So why isn’t every classroom teeming with discussion and purposeful activity centered on the day’s learning expectations? 

Consistently finding a rhythm—where students progress through relevant and challenging content—isn’t easy. But not only is it possible, it can also seem effortless when teachers have the right design for genuinely engaging students.  

Classroom dynamics are inherently complex, as multifaceted as the personalities in the room, so where should a teacher begin? Engagement by Design gives you a framework for making daily improvements and highlights the opportunities that will bring the greatest benefit in the least amount of time. You’ll learn about relationships, clarity, and challenge, including

  • How getting to know each student a little better can fundamentally change the classroom dynamics—and how to do that
  • What it means to be an “intentionally inviting” teacher, and how it gives you an advantage in creating an environment conducive to learning
  • How to bring more clarity to key aspects of your work—and how it can reap substantial rewards for you and your students
  • How opening the culture to student voice—listening to students—is linked to academic motivation, and how to use it to shape your day-to-day planning
  • The best ways to increase learning for your students, boosting the proportional value of their school year

Understanding engagement—and actively pursuing it—can make all the difference between forging a real connection with students and having a classroom that’s simply going through the motions. Engagement by Design puts you in control of managing your classroom’s success and increasing student learning, one motivated student at a time.

 
List of Videos
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Chapter 1. The Inviting Classroom
Are Students Engaged?

 
Intentionally Inviting Classrooms

 
Low-Hanging Fruit

 
Student Voice

 
Engagement by Design

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 2. Relationships
Building Relationships With Students

 
The Invitational Aspect of Teacher-Student Relationships

 
The Equitable Aspect of Teacher-Student Relationships

 
How Teachers Communicate Expectations Differentially

 
The Advocacy Aspect of Teacher-Student Relationships

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 3. Clarity
Clarity in Teaching

 
Know What Students Are Supposed to Learn

 
Know How Students Learn

 
Know How to Communicate What Students Will Be Learning

 
Know How to Develop Success Criteria

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 4. Challenge
Inviting the Struggle

 
Fluency

 
Stamina

 
Strategic Thinking

 
Struggle That Builds Expertise

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 5. Engagement
The Engagement Gap

 
Engagement: Overused and Misunderstood

 
Bringing It All Together

 
The Engagement Equation

 
Voice (V)

 
Self-Worth (SW)

 
Purpose (P)

 
Engagement

 
Engaged Students

 
Engaged Classrooms

 
Engaged Student Outcomes

 
The Ending of One Story Is the Beginning of Another

 
Conclusion

 
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

Love all of Fisher/Fry books. Enrollment precluded use in class.

Dr Jim Nichols
School Of Education, Nyack College
December 1, 2017

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1 - The Inviting Classroom

Chapter 3 - Clarity


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ISBN: 9781506375731