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Engagement by Design

Engagement by Design
Creating Learning Environments Where Students Thrive

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September 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
About the Authors
Chapter 1. The Inviting Classroom
Are Students Engaged?  
Intentionally Inviting Classrooms  
Low-Hanging Fruit  
Student Voice  
Engagement by Design  
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  
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  
Chapter 4. Challenge
Inviting the Struggle  
Strategic Thinking  
Struggle That Builds Expertise  
Chapter 5. Engagement
The Engagement Gap  
Engagement: Overused and Misunderstood  
Bringing It All Together  
The Engagement Equation  
Voice (V)  
Self-Worth (SW)  
Purpose (P)  
Engaged Students  
Engaged Classrooms  
Engaged Student Outcomes  
The Ending of One Story Is the Beginning of Another  


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

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

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Chapter 1 - The Inviting Classroom

Chapter 3 - Clarity

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