We are wondering what people think about this guideline.
What is challenging?
What does it really mean to "recruit interest by optimizing individual choice and automomy"?
Do you know of any research that supports or contradicts this guideline?
"Visible Learning: A Synthesis of over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement" John Hattie, Routledge, 2009 has a few analysis that help us understand how important this is to learning. I liked where it talked about on P43 Self-reported Grades clearly shows that students know how they are doing.
Also, "The Nature of Learning: Using Research to Inspire Practice" OECD 2010
The Learning Principle #8 Learning results from a dynamic interplay of emotion, motivation and cognition.
Carol Dweck "Mindsets" also informs my practice.
I look forward to hearing about more resources to inform the Principle of Multiple means of engagement.
Directing 5th graders in a production of a Midsummer Night's Dream really required my students to develop choice and autonomy. It also enabled them to create a performance made up by individuals with a project that was greater than the individuals. I witnessed real enagagement and became engaged as well.
Thanks for adding to this discussion, Lydia. This forum on the guidelines has been dormant for a while, but it is just as pertinent today as when the revised guidelines were posted at the beginning of this year. I'm always being asked to give examples of what educators can do to address the specific guidelines - Your example is a terrific way to address engagement.
I hope that we'll see more examples posted.