February 15, 2013 by sz
Our own David Theriault recently wrote an insightful blog post on why students may not be engaged in our classrooms. It’s a no-holds-barred look at ways in which we create an engaging environment, or don’t, as the case may be on some days.
You may not agree with everything he says, but there’s enough here to drive a healthy discussion on the atmospheres we create within our classrooms here at FVHS for weeks.
Here’s a taste of his take:
So the other day I was watching a Star Wars movie and the student engagement discussion [with Chris Herzfeld] was doing a sub twelve parsec Kessel Run in the back of my mind. So here are a few of the lessons we can learn from Anakin, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and Wampas on students who appear to be not paying attention or who seem to lack cognitive engagement.
There are FOUR elements of student inattention or a lack of engagement:
2: A Student’s basic needs aren’t being met.
3. Student Centered Issues (Students who are mean/inexperienced/lack of compassion or empathy)
4. Poor teaching