Effort versus Engagement
We’re often getting stuck in to our students about their effort in class and when studying for tests. I think the question of engagement is more important than effort (though effort is not out of the picture completely).
When you think about it, effort comes easy when the engagement is there – if you like the topic, or the way of studying it, or the end goal is more real to you, then it will be easy to get your mind into it.
Engagement is also a better guarantee of mental processing during learning – a student studying for a test can put in a huge effort but, if the topic sucks and is really boring, they might learn nothing (except a deeper hate for that subject).
I’m working with my students in one class to see if we can improve their motivation and their engagement with the material during daily review and test preparation (I hate tests but they add a little pressure which can be useful to help motivate – there are better ways to add positive pressure and improve engagement but the system we have is the system we have…)
I did tell my students to put their effort into engaging…
There are two types of engagement which can confuse the issue:
- automatic engagement which is more akin to interest
- deliberate engagement which is less related to interest and more related to getting your mind to actively process the material in a memorable way
I wonder how we can help ourselves to better engage with meetings (if they are necessary)