There is a reason why students are leaving college and/or not hanging out at school. It’s not that students are dumb. Students are bored. We as educators bore students. We talk about student engagement – because we’re not that good at it.
As educators, we need to create an environment that effectively educates – and I’m not talking about entertaining students – I’m talking educating. If we were better teachers, students wouldn’t be bored. If we understood both the science and art of teaching – students would be more engaged. But as academics, we are better at talking about the research behind it rather than the practice of it. At least – that’s how I’m thinking about it right now.