Are You Engaged?

It's a pretty day to explore, indoors or out---and it's also a little over a week before school ends for the year. Are the children and adults still engaged? Still interested? Still committed? Still involved? See what you think!

Engaged learning? What is it? Are the children and adults still engaged during the last weeks of the school year? Are they still interested? Still committed? Still involved? See what you think.

 

Interested, like, say interested in the shaggy bark on the River Birch?

Interested?  Say, in the shaggy bark on the River Birch?

 

Committed, like, say, committed to helping us do things ourselves, instead of doing things for us?

Committed—to helping us do things ourselves, instead of doing things for us?

 

Committed, like, say, committed to solving a problem we set for ourselves?

Committed to solving a problem we set for ourselves?

 

Involved, as one is involved in doing a task as carefully and precisely as she possibly can?

Involved— doing a task as carefully and precisely as possible?

 

 

Involved in making a repeating pattern, like that of words in an adjectival phrase?

Involved, repeating a pattern, like one of words in an adjective phrase?

 

Interested, like someone interested in following a Long Division in concrete form?

Interested in following a Long Division in concrete form?

 

Interested in listening to someone and giving positive and constructive feedback about a project?

Interested—listening to someone and giving positive and constructive feedback?

 

Engaged, as in listening to one of our explanations and waiting to give advice?

Committed—listening attentively to one of our explanations?

 

If “yes,” then,  . . . yes, we are! We are engaged in the process of learning. Our teachers are working with us, paying close attention to us, involved with our projects. Together we are exploring, seeing patterns, talking about them, working with them.

 

Maria Montessori, addressing the National Education Association in Oakland, CA, in 1915, stated, “When you have solved the problem of attention of the child, you have solved the entire problem of education.”

 

We think she meant that we should be given good options, things we want to do, things that would hold our attention with just the right amount of difficulty, or challenge, and interest.

 

We learn more when the adults take us seriously and let us do what we can for ourselves, when they listen to us. We enjoy working and having the time to do a good job at what we do.

 

We are engaged with our interests, with our teachers and with our friends.

 

The routine stays the same, so we feel secure, knowing there will be enough time to work in our long, uninterrupted morning and afternoon work periods.

 

It’s enjoyable to pursue our interests working and playing in this learning atmosphere.

 

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