Incredible amounts of research have been done to discover what engages students. Middle school teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron decided to conduct her own research project and ask the students themselves. She started with just a simple one-question survey to her class, and was able to boil down their responses into 10 basic engagement strategies.
"Just Ask Us: Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement is an outstanding resource manual for teachers to increase student engagement. Each chapter includes extensive quotes from students that support researched-based best practices. Diagrams and photos of student work illustrate how students can effectively work together and use more visually stimulated methods to connect their learning to real world applications."
-- Mary Ann Burke, Ed.D., Author, Trainer, and Co-Founder
"Heather Wolpert-Gawron meshes her teaching experience with extensive student feedback to offer sage advice and a clear argument as to the importance of increased student engagement in their learning environments. She provides practical application that will help teachers everywhere up their game in providing students the right foundation for deeper connections to their learning."
-- Janelle McLaughlin, Educational Consultant
"Just Ask Us: Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement is not only a quality read, but also a fresh perspective beyond just providing interesting lessons. It clearly states that student engagement is directly connected to academic content and outcomes."
-- Julie Frederick, Nationally Board Certified Kindergarten Teacher
"Any teacher who ever wanted to poll students about what works best for them when learning, and really using the data received to help students, should read this book. The research behind WHY the ideas presented work, and the practical strategies suggested are also great bonuses."
-- Patrick Pergola, 7th Grade Science Teacher