Thu. Oct 6th, 2022

As a teacher, one of your biggest challenges is most likely to keep your students engaged and interested in your class. For kindergarten teachers, this is one of the primary tasks – teach students how to move from observation to constructive engagement. While different researchers have different opinions on engagement, most agree there are behavioral engagement and engagement that is more psychological in nature. One of the easiest ways to tap into either type of engagement is through educational videos.

Types of Academic Engagements

Findings from a recent academic study suggest there are four meaningful subtypes of academic engagement. These four subtypes include effortful, pro-social, behavior and anti-social. Researchers discovered that students who wanted to do well and liked the school and the activities of learning were more enthusiastic and therefore more engaged. The remaining students were part of a group that can be considered at risk.

The Role of IQ in Engagement

While some students are considered at risk in the learning environment for a number of reasons, IQ is not one of them. In fact, among the four different learning engagement types, there was no significant difference when it came to IQ. What instead should be examined is how at risk children may lose out on opportunities they could capitalize on due to a higher IQ. Educational videos could easily be used to bridge this gap and create engagement opportunities.

The Sociodemographic Factor

In the educational system, there are often differences identified in boys and girls when it comes to learning. In this specific research, girls tended to be better behaved and less aggressive than boys. This study also showed that African American students were more resistive than other students, making at risk students more likely to be male or African American or both.

To overcome this, it is important for teachers to receive the proper training in treating students as equal partners in the classroom. Sure, these theories can be taught, but without giving teachers the right tools for application, at risk students could easily be hung out to dry. At the same time, at risk students cannot take disproportionate time away from engaged students. Such a balance can be difficult to achieve.

Engagement and Achievement

In terms of reading, engagement can have a direct impact on performance in academics. The type of engagement group a student belonged to directly affected his or her capabilities in both subjects. The engagement style did not necessarily predict future performance, but it did strongly associate with present achievement.

At the same time, of those who were measured in mathematical performance, there was no impact from the engagement type. In other words, engagement could impact reading but not math. To overcome this barrier, teachers can use educational videos to engage students in learning how to read and understanding the importance of a good education.

The differences in reading and math could suggest that one subject takes effort, while the other is an inherent ability. A subject could come easily for one and be a challenge for another. When educational videos are used, at risk students have a better chance of becoming engaged and leaving the risk behind.

By rahul