Student Engagement Articles

Maintaining student engagement can be difficult, especially as we near midterms where students’ minds are preoccupied with any number of papers, exams, or presentations. Below you’ll find four articles on how to refocus students’ engagement in your course.


“Five Ways to Effectively Engage Students” by Kelly Franklin provides an overview of her best practices for engaging students based on her belief in being ‘apologetically me.”


“Is it Really All My Fault? Sharing on In-Class Discussions” by Scott May. Scott rethinks his approach to class discussion, including ways he might have inadvertently silenced students.


“Engaging the Unruly Class” by Hannah Green. This article offers strategies for reconnecting with a difficult class.


“Raising the Stakes: Group Projects as Competitive Contests” by Dani Johannesen helps your students embrace group projects by creating a little competition.



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Hannah Green is a PhD student in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. While a creative writer by nature, she’s a teacher at heart and enjoys teaching writing in all its forms including composition, professional, technical, and creative writing. Her research interests include the place of the asylum in narratives of mental illness, the literature of Southern Africa, and oral storytelling. Her creative writing appears both in print and online in places such as The Rumpus, PANK, and McSweeney's. Hannah is also the Editor-in-Chief of During Office Hours.


  1. Great question. With that age group, often the more you try to engage them, the less they want to do it! Challenge them don”t force the engagement allow the engagement to happen. Provide opportunities for them to engage by giving them challenges and problems in training that can only be solved with the full engagement of their talents and potential. Also, keep reminding them that what you offer is the starting point that your coaching is the basic framework for them to become all they can be it is up to them and their level of commitment / engagement that will determine how far they go in cycling. Thanks, WG


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