Does Focussing on the Engagement of Teachers Produce Better Engagement of Students?
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Educational research pertaining to engagement has traditionally been student-focused. There are many techniques (when implemented properly) that are proven to increase the engagement levels of students to their learning, including Project/Problem-Based Learning (PBL), Distributed-Learning, Flipped-Classroom, and other experiential, student-centred initiatives. It is assumed, however, that all teachers are involved in the process of continually creating engaging classrooms. Teachers, like students, can become disengaged in their work for many reasons. Once disengaged, it is difficult to inspire these teachers to go beyond their comfort zone and engage in the process of learning as they once had. I suggest that educational leadership needs to focus their efforts on increasing teacher-engagement which will have a direct impact on the desired outcome of increasing student-engagement. A student who is engaged in their learning has a teacher who is engaged in teaching.