"The test of successful education is not the amount of knowledge that pupils take away from school, but their appetite to know and their capacity to learn."
-Sir Richard Livingston, 1941

Activity: The Keys to Student Engagement: Sharing your Expertise

Your professional and personal experiences with students often provide some of the greatest insight into what really engages students. Take a few moments to reflect on how tools, methods, activities, and ideas you have used have engaged students.
  • Take a moment to reflect on one of the "keys" of student engagement.

  • Use the key template and markers on your table to write one of the "keys" to share.

  • After sharing your key and experience with the group, post your keys on the chart on the Keys to Student Engagement chart on the wall.


Activity: The Keys to Student Engagement: Learning Something New

  • Take a few minutes to review Angela Maiers' blog post on the 26 Keys to Student Engagement.

  • Choose one of Maiers' keys that you see as either an "a-ha" moment or as an area your teachers need support.

  • Write the name of the key on your sticky note and a few anecdotal notes about what you discovered.

  • Find a partner with a different word to share your findings about student engagement.

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Activity: Exploring Additional Strategies and Tools

In this activity, you will explore both instructional strategies and web 2.0 tools to support student engagement in the classroom.


  1. Download and review Traditional Strategies to support student engagement.

  2. Also, review the web 2.0 tools in the Creativity Section of this page.

  3. After reviewing the traditional strategies and web 2.0 tools, choose 1-2 strategies or tools that you would like to share with teachers in your district/charter.

  4. Share your findings with your table group.

A review of Literature on Student Engagement

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