As a teacher and educational leader, I completely understand the challenges faced by schools every day. When I began teaching, Google Classrooms didn’t exist, nor did Tik Tok or Instagram. Life in schools seemed simple. There were less distractions and fewer demands. As society has become more complex, so have our schools. We grapple with a crowded curriculum and a generation of young people who can revert to technology to find out anything they need to know!
The educational landscape has changed significantly, so what is it that we need to do to ensure that students remain engaged? In my work with young people, my focus has always been on building rapport, mutual respect, empowering our young people to take a more active role in their learning, and maximising engagement.