Strategies for Engagement

"Choosing engagement" is about considering how we help students/pupils to engage with what is being learned, the ways in which they participate. There are many possible ways of engaging – listening quietly, vigorous discussion, answering questions, writing prose or poetry, responding through pictures or music, taking part in role-play, doing independent research, collaborating with others, helping fellow learners, praying for one another, looking for life applications, and so on. For any given lesson, we have to choose the ways of engaging that best fit the purpose. We can look for ways of helping learners to …


...Reflect and Act

Reflecting on experiences, questions, ideas, choices and consequences opens paths to action. This may lead to taking a principled stance, making a personal investment, or another response such as prayer. Applying learning to life, we can help learners...


…to reflect carefully on ideas and experiences


…to consider contrasts and dissonance


…to explore possibilities for active commitment


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