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Eight Myths of Student Disengagement

Eight Myths of Student Disengagement
Creating Classrooms of Deep Learning

March 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!

About the Author
About the Contributors
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?  
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

"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
Key features
  • Provides a framework for identifying students who are most at risk for disengagement, understanding the relationship between engagement and educational outcomes, and assessing levels of student engagement
  • Describes eight common misconceptions about student engagement and uses myth-busting research evidence to illuminate the individual and contextual reasons behind disengagement
  • Threads hypothetical cases of engagement and disengagement throughout the text to illustrate the causes and consequences of disengagement and the ways to improve engagement in the classroom
  • Provides strategies for working with disengaged youth, creating engaging tasks, developing a peer culture that supports learning and engagement, and developing positive student-teacher relationships
  • Includes teacher-created how-to sections with practical advice for increasing behavioral, emotional, and cognitive engagement
  • Provides extensive opportunities for self reflection, through “Stop and Reflect Questions” and “Text-to-Practice Exercises” designed to help educators connect the concepts to real life examples.
  • Includes ready-to-use templates of surveys and observational tools for assessing student engagement

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface and Introduction

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

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