Date
19 February 2019

Engagement principle

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Support engagement in learning’

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Introduction

Introduction

The Engagement principle is focussed on supporting students to be purposeful, motivated learners.

Learners differ significantly in the ways they can be engaged or motivated to learn.

Some learners are highly engaged and motivated by spontaneity and novelty, while others are disengaged, even frightened by those aspects, preferring a predictable routine. Some learners want to work alone, some with their peers. Learner preferences also change dependant on the context and how a learner feels.

Three guidelines support the implementation of the Engagement principle.

  1. Provide options for recruiting interest
  2. Provide options for sustaining effort and persistence
  3. Provide options for self regulation.

These guidelines help us design safe, relevant environments for learning that support students’ motivation and resilience. 

The science behind the Engagement principle

The science behind the Engagement principle

How the UDL principle of Engagement supports the affective networks of the brain.

Engagement guidelines in action

Engagement guidelines in action

Introduction to the three Engagement guidelines and how they can be applied.

Student perspective

Student perspective

It makes a difference for students when options and supports for engagement are in place.

It demonstrates we value students for who they are and what they bring.

 

Reflection questions

Reflection questions

The Engagement principle prompts us to ask ourselves how we plan for all students to be purposeful, motivated learners.

 

  • provide options and flexible pathways within tasks or a lesson?
  • involve students in creating choices and setting goals?
  • offer options that align with learning preferences and needs?
  • provide classroom activities and materials that students are able to personalise?
  • provide culturally relevant classroom activities, materials, and contexts?
  • offer multiple strategies to support problem solving?
  • create a safe and distraction free environment?
  • build flexibility into lessons to allow breaks?
  • collect ongoing student feedback in different ways to inform the design of lessons, resources, and materials?
  • offer multiple strategies to support coping and self management skills?

Useful resources

Useful resources

File

Emotional triggers and strategies to support

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Website

Multiple means of engagement – Professional development resource

Publisher: The Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium (ERLC)

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File

Top 10 UDL tips for designing an engaging learning environment

Read time: 5 min

Publisher: CAST

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Support engagement in learning”:

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