In this module we continue to address Design Question 5: What will I do to engage students? Here we investigate how teacher enthusiasm and intensity affect students' commitment to learning and motivation. We also explore the psychological rationale for periodically including friendly controversy in classroom discussion to enliven and enrich students' experience of instruction. From there we present a variety of strategies to encourage students to talk about themselves, sharing their personal experiences and background knowledge to extend their interest in the content they are studying. Finally, we investigate how students' love of unusual facts and anomalies can be used to enhance engagement.
As in the previous two modules, the strategies and processes presented in this module are grounded in the five areas identified as necessary elements for promoting student engagement:
- High energy
- Missing information
- The self-system
- Mild pressure
- Mild controversy and competition
Reflecting on Your Current Beliefs and Practices