This course uses the book “Eight Myths of Learner Disengagement” to investigate how classroom practices influence engagement, including types of tasks assigned, quality of facilitator-learner relations, and peer dynamics. The course encourages participants to recognize that engagement is not just on-task behavior, but incorporates behavioral, emotional, and cognitive practices. Participants will consider a variety of instructional practices and their connection to learner engagement.
Learner Engagement is immediately available through our Self-Paced Online Courses.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
- Recognize that engagement is not just on-task behavior, but rather engagement on behavioral, emotional, and cognitive levels.
- Determine how how classroom practices, including types of tasks assigned, quality of facilitator-learner relations, and peer dynamics contribute to engagement.
- Examine the role of out-of-school activities and families on engagement.
- Study the dynamics of motivation with higher-level thinking tasks.
- Examine the influence of interpersonal relationships, autonomy support, and academic support.
- Study the impact of friendships and collaboration.
- Examine how individual facilitators, whole schools, and communities can help disengaged learners succeed.
- Recognize the importance of being proactive for increasing engagement for all learners rather than just reactive for the “already disengaged.”