According to Ben Johnson the following is how you know your students are engaged:
So, how do they know if a student is engaged? What do "engaged" students look like? In my many observations, here's some evidence to look for:
You will see students...
You see students individually or in small groups...
I agree with most of what Mr. Johnson considers an engaged student, but I don't know about you but I would be a little concerned if my students were crying and I definitely don't want them shouting because they still need to be considerate of other classes that are in session and not only that but some students are sensitive to loud noises. Yes, students may be engaged but that's where classroom management comes into play and students are aware of what voice level they should be using.
On another note, as a math educator, in order to keep my students engaged, lecturing the entire time doesn't seem to cut it now a a-days. We're dealing with a different breed of kids and if you want to hold their attention you better infuse technology, play games, incorporate fun activities into your lesson or else you have lost them at "hello."
Did Mr. Johnson miss something??? What do you do to keep your students engaged? If you have something to add, please share…your opinion matters!