1) What Does Engagement Mean in the Classroom?
Quote from 2nd Article
“Thus, students can walk away from a lesson or activity having been very engaged, but still walk away with very little in the form of new knowledge construction, conceptual mastery, or evidence of applied skills.” – Eric Sheninger
Human beings are always learning 24/7/365. Our brain synapses are constantly forming links in response to external stimuli all the time. Learning is not just about content knowledge or skills. It is also about values, beliefs and attitudes and identity formation. The question is what on earth are students learning when they are “engaged” in some activity? (Some of it can be subtle)
* Is it that “things must be made fun for me in order for me to learn
(instead of me finding the fun and joy in seeking knowledge itself)”?
* Is it that “it’s the teacher’s job to keep me entertained”?
* Is it that “If the teacher cannot entertain me, at least s/he should outsource the job to the computer / gadget”?
* Is it that “the purpose of my life is for others to serve/entertain me, and not for me to serve/entertain others”?
I would also like to ask: Is boredom the symptom, or is it the cause of poor learning dispositions?