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What exactly is youth “engagement”?

Just read this post on NextThought.com–What do we talk about when we talk about student engagement? This “connected learning” blog is launching a four-part conversation with educators about the meaning of “engagement”. I have assumptions about the term that I bring from a background in critical pedagogy. Engagement requires relevant curriculum, adults stepping back and facilitating youth leadership, project-based experiences connected to the “real world”, etc… Until reading this post I hadn’t thought that those assumptions might not align with how others view it. NextThought poses some good questions that I look forward to digging into with others in the field. Yay to peer learning!