Foreword by Richard Sterling
Leadership & Management | Student Engagement & Motivation | Teaching Methods & Learning Styles
Camden Hills Regional High School, Rockport, ME
'VanDeWeghe presents powerful instructional practices to help students use both their hearts and their minds in learning' — Louann Reid, Professor
Colorado State University
To generate truly compelling learning experiences and increase retention of new information, educators need the knowledge and tools to engage students from both a neurological and humanistic perspective.
Richard VanDeWeghe provides an inside look at what happens in students' minds and hearts when they are engaged and "in the groove." Based on Mihaly Csikszentmihaly's idea of "flow"—a state of intrinsic control, curiosity, interest, and inquiry that is the ultimate experiential goal for learning—this book provides holistic strategies for encouraging students to become motivated, engaged learners.
Teachers will find:
- Information on brain function and memory pathways
- Spiritual and emotional principles of the heart that influence learning
- Strategies for guiding open-ended discussions, quality questioning, and teacher modeling
- Immediate, practical applications for language arts, science, maths, and social studies
- Vignettes illustrating effective teacher dialogue and classroom involvement
Engaged Learning is a clear, concise, and elegant resource that helps teachers understand what it means to be a highly motivated learner.
"It’s tough to bring heart and soul into the classroom. The author makes a clear and concise case for doing this, and does so elegantly."
"The author offers a basis for understanding and developing lessons that not only engage students’ minds but ensure the connection with the heart of learning."
"This work could make a distinctive change in educational practice."
"This book is a breath of fresh air in this age of 'buzz words' and linear thinking."
"No other book on teaching has excited me as much as this one. It should be the core text for prospective teachers in any field."
"VanDeWeghe presents powerful instructional practices to help students use both their hearts and their minds in learning."
Sample Materials & Chapters
Part I: Flow, Minds, and Hearts & Chapter 1: Engagement as Flow