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Developing Highly Engaged Students

EDUC 600

Do you find your students are bored, inattentive, or disengaged during the day?  This course will give you the tools to help your students lock in on learning.  Based on current research, the text offers specific short and long term strategies to keep your students highly engaged.  The ideas presented help students create a strong sense of self-efficacy.  In short, this class gives you the blue print to make your classroom a place of learning, high energy, positive feelings, and even fun.


As a result of this participation in this course, students should:

  • Analyze the current research in the area of student engagement;
  • Generate activities that stimulate a students positive attitude toward learning;
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses in the area of student engagement;
  • Incorporate structured models that will extend student interest beyond the classroom;
  • Synthesize activities and lessons to be taught in the classroom;
  • Consider alternative ways to motivate students;
  • Examine ideas for developing student self-efficacy;
  • Incorporate specific strategies creating a positive educational environment for ASD students;
  • Generate ideas for collaboration with other school staff.


The required reading is found in the text listed (enclosed with syllabus). The required text is:  Marzano, R. J. (2011).  The Highly Engaged Classroom.  Bloomington, IN: Marzano Reasearch Laboratory

Jones, R. D. (2008).  Strengthening Student Engagement.  Rexford, NY:  International Center for Leadership in Education, http://www.ipsi.utexas.edu/docs/alg_readiness_toolkit/Strengthen_Student_Engagement_white_paper.pdf

Kerr, A. & Grasby, R. (2009).  Engagement through Choice:  Using Independent Research Projects to Improve Student Interest.  Journal of Classroom Research in Literacy, Vol 2, 3-19, http://jcrl.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/jcrl/article/view/5046/pdf_14