Five sections cover education policy, professional skills, theory, practice and reflection. The authors provide teaching ideas that work, and that will help trainee teachers to improve their grades and lesson observation profiles. There is a clear explanation of the theoretical underpinning that must be grasped in order to pass written assignments, and Masters level debates are addressed throughout the book, with a dedicated chapter exploring academic themes and issues.

How to Engage Learners

How to engage learners


By the end of this chapter the reader will be able to:

  • understand what is meant by ‘learner engagement’;
  • see the relationship between engagement and motivation;
  • understand the relationship between motivation and classroom management;
  • explore the importance of questioning for pace, engagement and assessment;
  • understand the relationship between assessment, feedback and motivation.

‘It is All a Question of Engagement’

If asked ‘what makes a good lesson?’ our reply, simply enough, would be that learning has taken place (see Chapter 6). To elaborate on this simplest of views, a good lesson is when appropriate learning has taken place relative to the needs of the learners and the requirements of the programme under study. This learning should be both supported and yet ...

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