March 14, 2014

Boost Student Engagement and Motivation In Your Classroom

Learn how you can help all students be authentically engaged in this webinar, “Boost Student Engagement and Motivation In Your Classroom” by Reading Horizons’ Chief Academic Officer Stacy Hurst

Duration: 56:11

About the Presenter

Stacy Hurst

Stacy Hurst has degrees in Sociology and Elementary Education and reading and has Advanced Reading and ESL Endorsements. As an educator, she has been a first-grade teacher, ELL teacher, literacy coach, and reading specialist during her twenty years. Her extensive experience includes coordinating interventions for struggling readers, implementing blended learning, and training thousands of teachers on effective literacy instruction. Stacy is the Chief Education Officer at Reading Horizons, is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Southern Utah University, and is the co-author of Reading Horizons Discovery®.

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Presentation highlights from, “Boost Student Engagement and Motivation In Your Classroom”

Four critical factors in student motivation (Bandura, 1996; Dweck, 2010; Pintrick, 2003; Ryan & Deci, 2000; Seifert, 2004)

  1. Competence/Mastery
  2. Autonomy
  3. Value/Interest
  4. Relatedness

Competence and Mastery

  •  Students feel capable of accomplishing what is required of them
  •  Teacher knows content and delivery instruction effectively
  •  Specific learning goals are clearly communicated
  •  Students have adequate time for practice and application
  •  Students receive effective feedback

Autonomy and control

  • Choices
  • Time to explore content
  • Students set learning goals
  • Variety of materials and resources for learning

Value and Interest

  • Model interest and enthusiasm
  • Get to know what your students are interested in
  • Make connections between learning and real-life
  • Facilitate intrinsic motivation


  • The need to feel a part of a group
  • Appropriate interactions with others
  • Learning is social

What is student engagement?

“Student willingness, need, desire, and compulsion, to participate in, and be successful in the learning process.” (Bomia, Beluzo, Demeester, Elander, Johnson & Sheldon, 1997)

What are the benefits of student engagement?

  • Increase motivation
  • Greater attention and focus
  • Retention of learning
  • Enhanced ability to transfer learning to multiple contexts

Improve student engagement in the classroom:

  • Aim to engage students 90-100% of the time
  • Less than 50% engagement is an ineffective use of instructional time
  • Wasting just five minutes a day adds up to 15 hours of lost instructional time in a 180-day school year

To learn how to measure student engagement in the classroom, read this blog: Seven Ways to Increase Student Engagement in the Classroom

For practical tips on boosting student engagement, read this blog: 14 Classroom Activities that Increase Student Engagement