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Eight Myths of Student Disengagement
Creating Classrooms of Deep Learning



May 2014 | 272 pages | Corwin

Your expert resource to activate, manage, and maintain lasting student success!

Student disengagement is a huge challenge for teachers everywhere. Leading education expert Jennifer Fredricks empowers teachers to reengage students at all levels with powerful examples and clear-eyed implementation strategies that build essential 21st century learning skills. Teachers get the core facts about the causes, consequences, and solutions to disengagement and learn to confidently:

  • Identify students most at risk for disengagement
  • Implement student-centered, project-based learning practices for maximum educational outcomes
  • Work effectively with diverse groups of disengaged youth
  • Build positive peer cultures and high-quality student-teacher relationships

Straightforward how-to’s from practicing classroom teachers, extensively researched online and print resources, and assessment and observation tips help educators make real-world applications. Cultivate lasting student engagement and transform educational outcomes with this must-have resource!

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
About the Contributors
 
Introduction
 
Myth 1. It's Easy to Tell Who Who Is Engaged: What Is Engagement and How Can I Assess It in My Classroom?
Portraits of Engagement

 
What Is Engagement?

 
Why Assess Engagement?

 
Consistency, Duration, and Variation in Engagement

 
Methods for Assessing Engagement

 
Chapter Summary

 
Text-to-Practice Exercises

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
Research-Based Resources

 
 
Myth 2. Some Students Just Don't Care: How Disengagement Is More Than Just a Lack of Student Motivation
School Versus Out-of-School Tasks

 
Teacher-Student Relations and Disengagement

 
Peer Relations and Disengagement

 
Chapter Summary

 
Text-to-Practice Exercises

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
Research-Based Resources

 
 
Myth 3. What Happens Outside of School Competes With Academics: How Out-of-School Time and Families Affect Engagement in School
Extracurricular Activity Participation and Academic Outcomes

 
Variation in Engagement Across Contexts

 
Self-Determination Theory and Engagement

 
Families and Engagement

 
Barriers to Parent Involvement

 
Chapter Summary

 
Text-to-Practice Exercises

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
Research-Based Resources

 
 
Myth 4. Hands-On Is Minds-On: How to Create More Engaging Classroom Tasks That Result in Deep Learning
Designing Classroom Tasks for Engagement

 
Cognitive Components of the Task

 
Authentic Tasks

 
Authentic Instructional Models

 
Motivational and Cognitive Challenges With Authentic Instruction

 
Strategies for Implementing Cognitively Complex Tasks

 
Chapter Summary

 
Text-to-Practice Examples

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
Research-Based Resources

 
 
Myth 5. Focus on Content: Don’t Make It Personal: How Relationships Matter for Student Engagement
Teacher Support and Student Engagement and Achievement

 
Essential Characteristics of Meaningful Teacher-Student Relations

 
Building Relatedness in the Classroom

 
Being an Autonomy-Supportive Teacher

 
Supporting Students' Need for Competence

 
How Teachers Support Cognitive Engagement

 
Barriers to Developing High-Quality Relationships

 
Building Relationships With Difficult Students

 
Connecting With Diverse Students

 
Chapter Summary

 
Text-to-Practice Exercises

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
Research-Based Resources

 
 
Myth 6. Socializing With Peers Detracts From Student Engagement: How to Create a Peer Context That Supports Engagement
Why Are Peer Relationships Important?

 
Friendships

 
Teachers' Beliefs and Instructional Practices

 
How Do Peers Socialize Engagement?

 
Cooperative Learning and Collaborative Instruction

 
Key Strategies for Supporting Cooperation and Collaboration

 
Creating Classroom Communities

 
Chapter Summary

 
Text-to-Practice Exercises

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
Research-Based Resources

 
 
Myth 7. There’s Only So Much a Teacher Can Do: How to Help Those Students Still Struggling to Succeed
Why Is It Important to Resist Disengagement?

 
Risk Factors for Disengagement

 
Why Is a Student Disengaged?

 
Boys and Disengagement

 
Academic Problems and Disengagement

 
Students With a History of Behavioral Problems

 
African American, Hispanic, and Low-Income Students and Disengagement

 
Interventions to Increase Engagement

 
Chapter Summary

 
Text-to-Practice Exercises

 
Key Terms and Concepts

 
Research-Based Resources

 
 
Myth 8. Student Engagement Is a Student Choice: Choosing to Make the Effort and Not Waiting for Engagement to Happen
 
References
 
Index

"A must have book for all classroom teachers. A relevant, eye-opening approach to classroom problems and student attitudes that we didn’t think we could solve."

Patricia Baker, NBCT, Teacher Gifted Education
Fauquier County Public Schools, Bealeton, VA

"This was an excellent read that would be very applicable in most classrooms.  Engagement is key to student learning and the author gives us practical ways to implement real practices aimed at increasing this engagement of students at all learning levels."

Patti Grammens, Teacher
Lakeside Middle School, Cumming, GA

"In the era of Common Core Standards, this book is a must read for every educational professional!"

Ellen E. Coulson, 7th Grade U.S. History Teacher
Sig Rogich Middle School, Las Vegas, Nevada

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface and Introduction

1. Myth 1: It's Easty to Tell Who is Engaged


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