Chapter 3 explores three core conditions for student engagement - connection, perplexity, and curiosity - and illustrates a series of classroom vignettes that put these conditions into play. The second half of the chapter details five tried and true strategies for increasing engagement in your 1:1 classroom, and discusses why each of these strategies works to bring in all student voices, put students in conversation with one another, and make what could be very teacher-centered instruction come to life. Through backchanneling, online discussion boards, polling and data collection, interactive feedback systems, and educational games, you can easily enrich the great teaching you are already doing. The chapter closes with a brief discussion of disengagement, and offers suggestions for ways to detect and reduce disengagement and distraction in the 1:1 classroom.

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Chapter Resources


We have some favorite tools for engaging our students in a 1:1 classroom. 


Expert project resources. Google Drive Folder

We love the way Dan Meyer talks about perplexity. Video

Slides for Professional Development