The traditional “lecture, discuss, test” instructional format doesn’t close achievement gaps; student engagement does.
When students are meaningfully involved and emotionally invested in content, they learn more—and perform better. In 20 Strategies for Increasing Student Engagement, Dr. William N. Bender provides practical examples, guidelines, and the research behind his teaching tips to help educators focus on specific strategies for engaging students in the classroom.
In today’s rigorous educational landscape, even the most effective teachers are working to polish their practice. Bender offers a wealth of ways to develop intensive, attention-grabbing instructional techniques that foster high levels of student achievement, complete with:
- Step-by-step instructions for various classroom engagement strategies
- Examples and case studies across subject areas and grade levels
- Contributions from teachers, sharing strategies that work for them
- Data to help teachers measure the effectiveness of specific strategies
Bender’s teaching tips are categorized into four sections so it’s easy to find specific engagement strategies for organizing instruction, using technology, implementing collaborative strategies, and leveraging strategies that give students personal responsibility for their learning. Readers are encouraged to skip around to the parts of the book that are most relevant to their work.