Learner Engagement Unit 1 Activity 2

Practice activities from your class book Eight Myths of Student Disengagement

Chapter 1


TPE 1.1: Observe engagement. Choose two learners to observe across different contexts and subject areas. Note commonalities and differences in engagement. Document any patterns both within and across the learners. Be sure to consider how individual and contextual factors impact engagement.

TPE 1.2: Ask learners about their engagement. Ask a learner about their engagement by using items from the self-report surveys listed in Table 1.2. Ask the child to explain his or her responses. Note that learner feedback can be gathered over the course of several weeks.

TPE 1.3: Identify disengagement in the classroom. Identify learners who are showing signs of disengagement in the classroom either by using observational techniques or by collecting data on early warning signs. How are these learners' behaviors, emotions, and cognitions similar and different? What classroom practices and social experiences may be contributing to their disengagement?

Chapter 2


TPE 2.1: Evaluate a lesson. Evaluate a lesson for the opportunities for learning (see Table 2.2). Describe whether and how the lesson addresses each dimension. How could you improve this lesson to include more of the following dimensions?

a. Opportunities for learners to work in groups
b. Opportunities for active learning
c. Real-world topics
d. Opportunities for public presentation
e. Opportunities for decision making

TPE 2.2: Evaluate quality of facilitator-learner relationships. Think of learners in your classroom that you have had both positive and less positive relationships with. For each learner, describe your relationship and how you feel about having this learner in your classroom. Using material in this chapter, attempt to explain the reasons for the differences in the quality of the relationships. What strategies could you use to improve the quality of the less positive relationships?