Increasing Student Engagement: Planning Outside the Box

Students must engage in lessons at a deeper level than ever before. However, many educators are left wondering, what does deep engagement look like, how can I increase the level of student engagement within my classroom, and how can I do this in a way that is easy to manage, timely, and, most of all, meaningful to students.

This course will help educators answer those questions, and also to support them in their initial efforts of applying strategies to increase student engagement in their classroom.

Many of today’s classrooms are designed and practiced as teaching classrooms, where the actions and learning are focused on and driven by the teacher. Teaching classrooms, however, do not match the needs and expectations for 21st Century learning. To be successful in the 21st Century students need to be engaged in learning classrooms, where the actions and learning are focused on student outcomes and classroom practices that strengthen and deepen not only students’ content knowledge but their overall ability to think deeply, communicate, analyze, problem-solve, and take responsibility for their learning.

This comprehensive course provides educators with the strategies and tools for understanding how to increases the level of student engagement within every lesson, every day. We will also focus on instructional methods for helping students to meet the learning expectations for their state content standards and to be College and Career ready.

This course has been divided into the following modules:

  1. Understanding Student Engagement
  2. Everyday Strategies for Engaging Students
  3. Engaging Students through Exploration
  4. Engaging Students through Technology Integration
  5. Designing Engaging Lessons
  6. Analyzing Engaging Lessons





Designing Coherent Instruction


Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques


Engaging Students in Learning


Demonstrating Flexibility and Responsiveness