Good teaching: Something about student engagement

A few months ago I read a blog post about an interview with Bill Gates about education in America.  The interviewer asked, “What do you think makes a good teacher?”  Gates responded by saying, “Clearly, there’s something about engaging the student.”  I would take it further and say engagement is not just something, it is everything.  If the students do not engage in the lesson, if they do not choose to invest themselves in the learning process, learning does not take place.  Even the most carefully planned lessons will not succeed if the learner is not taken into account.  That is a tall order for myself as a teacher.  How to I relate the subject matter to my students?  How do I draw them in?

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