What is Engagement?

When we try to determine the level of engagement in our classrooms, we have to first define engagement.

I think we can all agree that engagement is not paying attention.

Although students are “paying attention” to the teacher in this clip, there are in no way engaged.

Phillip Schlechty defines engagement as the level of attention and commitment students have in a lesson.

Engagement Chart

I believe ritual compliance has been the goal inside of classrooms for many years.  That belief that–If students appear to be working and are not disrupting the class then everyone must be learning–is past its time.

What does engagement look like in your classroom?  Are students compliant or truly engaged?

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