Creating an engaging learning experience for students
The variables that shape how a student experiences a learning environment can be broken into six categories.
The first three categories are driven by teachers:
● Classroom management helps students know the protocols for interacting with their teachers in a productive and effective way. This enables students to engage in the learning experience more fully; simultaneously, students who are engaged also require less management.
● Teacher effectiveness is demonstrated by a teacher’s instructional practices. This could include modeling new skills, adjusting to student learning needs and checking for understanding. Related to this: teacher energy, attitude and expectations shape the extent to which students engage in the learning experience.
● Teacher digital literacy levels range drastically and impact how edtech solutions are implemented in the classroom. A teacher’s ability to use education technology to enable higher levels of thinking shapes the way students learn from digital content.
The fourth key element is focused on a school philosophy that is characterized by acceptance and empathy:
● Nurturing school environments facilitate trust and empathy amongst students and between a student and teacher. This enables students to feel comfortable communicating their needs, making mistakes, and asking questions.
The final two categories are student-centric and recognize that high-quality learning experiences honor the individuality of each student:
● A student’s interest and intrinsic motivation to learn influences his or her engagement.
● Personal life and home situation impact how a student participates in the learning experience. These positive or negative factors impact engagement levels.
Material from a press release was used in this report.
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