Meeting Students Where They Are: Strategies that Increase Engagement
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a heightened focus on student engagement. Educators have grappled with how to keep students showing up, paying attention, and putting in a high level of work and enthusiasm, even as those students dealt with the profound trauma of a tumultuous year. Yet we know that even before the pandemic, not all students were fully engaged and invested in school. One important shift in our approach will need to be a greater focus on personalization and meeting students where they are— academically, socially, and now, physically (in a remote, hybrid, or in-person space). This guide identifies 8 major challenges to student engagement and provides effective strategies for engagement in both in-person and remote/hybrid learning environments.