How Poverty Affects Classroom Engagement

Eric Jensen highlights seven issues that disproportionately affect students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds in the classroom. Jensen outlines each of these issues and provides ways for students to address them. He reminds educators that poor students are still students and that teachers can support students in overcoming the obstacles they face. The common differences between…

Ten Steps to Better Student Engagement

Former teacher and teacher coach Tristan de Frondeville suggests strategies to increase student engagement: Create an Emotionally Safe Classroom Create an Intellectually Safe Classroom Cultivate Your Engagement Meter Create Appropriate Intermediate Steps Practice Journal or Blog Writing to Communicate with Students Create a Culture of Explanation Instead of a Culture of the Right Answer Teach…

Why Don’t Students Like School?

Daniel T. Willingham argues that “People are naturally curious, but they are not naturally good thinkers; unless the cognitive conditions are right, people will avoid thinking.” He uses this assertion to explain why students for whom schoolwork is consistently too difficult often do not like school. By understanding this, Willingham suggests, teachers can effectively explore…

10 Expectations

A student discusses 10 expectations she has for her school that she believes will help keep her and other students engaged. Questions How much time does your school spend talking about student expectations compared to how to keep students engaged? What expectations do your students have for your school? How do you know? For the…

5 Minute University

Comedian Don Novello’s character Father Guido Sarducci proposes a five minute university to teach only the lessons that the average student will remember after five years of graduation. Warning: Features a fake priest. Questions What are the most important lessons you remember from high school or college? What lessons do you hope your students will…