Masterclasses: 20 March 2018

Conferences & Expo: 21 - 22 March 2018

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre



Understanding Student Engagement

So much more than just fun & games. (Really!)

Dan Haesler
Cut Through Coaching & Consulting


The body of literature around student engagement is vast and continues to grow. Educators have never been better informed of the complexities and interactions between pedagogy, technology, neuroscience and engagement. And yet, across the western world in particular, studies suggest that student engagement levels continue to drop. Not only are more students seemingly disengaged, but they seem to be so an increasingly earlier stage of their academic career. This Masterclass will explore the meaning of authentic engagement and its relationship with Mindset. Teachers and schools can encourage engagement in their community without resorting to superficial fun & games in the hope that kids will “love it” - and this Masterclass will help you to do that.

Who Should Attend?

Educators from K-12.

Why Attend?

Participants will be challenged to reflect upon and perhaps rethink their practice. As well as “big picture” thinking, participants will also leave with specific strategies to consider implementing in their context.

What to bring?

Pen, Laptop or Tablet


8:30 | Arrival

9:00 | Commencement

9:00 - 10:30 | Session 1: Understanding the Essentials of Student Engagement 

In this opening session we’ll explore the meaning of Authentic Engagement and examine case studies as well as share our current practice. In particular we’ll explore Ryan & Deci’s Self Determination Theory, Philip Schlecty’s Continuum of Engagement as well as the importance school belonging.

10:30 - 10:50 | Tea & Coffee Break 

10:50 - 12:30 | Session 2: Motivating Learning through Increased Expectations, Assessment, Feedback, and Mindset 

This session will focus on how the work of Carol Dweck around Mindset can enhance our approaches to engagement and learning. Too many students believe they don’t need to learn, or that they can’t learn. In addition to this, research suggests that the teacher’s mindset has a significant impact on the students in their care. How can we address our mindset in order to challenge expectations and improve our ability to recognise potential and learning in every one of our students? Participants will explore various strategies including Feedback techniques, formative assessment strategies and documentation processes that encourage students to take ownership of their learning.

12:30 - 1:20 | Lunch Break 

1:20 - 2:40 | Session 3: Curiosity, Inquiry, Challenge and Self-Efficacy 

Bring it all together: In this session, participants will continue to explore Feedback techniques,and other strategies hat encourage students to take ownership of their learning. Dan will also host a “Virtual Tour” of approaches and community cultures where authentic engagement is at the heart of learning. This will serve as a stimulus for our final session together in participants will be encouraged to consider how they might enhance engagement in their community.

2:40 - 3:00 | Tea & Coffee Break

3:00 - 4:15 | Session 4: Planning for, and Taking Action 

In this session, participants will be encouraged to reflect on the day in order to develop an Action Plan to take back to school. Participants will receive an Action Plan Tool to ensure their ideas don’t succumb to the most common pitfalls in school, and they will be encouraged to “pitch” their plans to the room, as well as continue to engage with the group though an online space curated by Dan.

4:15 | Conclusion

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