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The Importance of Student Engagement

How important is it that a middle schooler or high schooler be engaged with what we are teaching? Why must they enjoy it and connect with the material in order to embed it? The answer to these questions can be seen in every classroom, in every school. Engagement isn’t just about fun: It’s about functionality. It isn’t just about laughter: It’s about ensuring there is a joy in learning.

Kelly Gallagher, author of Readicide and Write Like This, insists that engagement must happen before we can imagine students deeply absorbing content; and only after that ...

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