Let’s start with a simple truth, y’all: Student engagement matters. When kids care about the lessons that they are learning, they are WAY more likely to master the kinds of essential skills, content and behaviors that will help them to become productive, contributing members of our society.
But the uncomfortable reality — drawn from this January 2013 Gallup survey of 500,ooo students in grades 5-12 — is that the chances are REALLY good that the majority the kids in YOUR classes AREN’T engaged:
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How can we legitimately defend the work that we are doing in schools — and our status as professionals — when over half of the kids that we serve report not being engaged in our classrooms?
Something’s got to change — and from the looks of this survey, it’s our teaching.
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