In 8 ways to increase the engagement in your classroom, John Almarode writes that engagement requires monitoring students’ emotional engagement (how a student feels about a lesson and in the classroom), cognitive engagement (what a student is thinking about), and behavioral engagement (how a student interacts with an activity).
So how does Auburn Day School increase engagement for students? Emphasizing specific characteristics in curriculum and instruction can engage learners in the lesson and sustain engagement to give students the best opportunity for gaining new knowledge, understanding, and skills. In 17,000 Classroom Visits Can’t Be Wrong (2015) Antonetti and Garver studied eight features of classroom tasks, activities and strategies associated with sustained engagement:
This post will focus on how teachers at Auburn Day School use the first three characteristics to engage students in learning.
In the photos below, the children are making their own egg shakers. After experimenting with creating different sounds from the same instrument, the children choose which materials they want to use to create egg shakers that produce different sounds.
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