From a recent PD experience, I stumbled across a multi-dimensional definition of engagement:
- Cognitive Engagement – Reflectively involved in deep understanding of concepts and applications, and expertise
- Operative Engagement – Actively participating – group discussions, practical, relevant activities and homework tasks
- Affective Engagement – Genuinely valuing – this learning will be useful to me in my life outside the classroom
I think this goes well when combined with Dan Pink’s thoughts on motivation in the following video:
What are your thoughts about student engagement?