For students to thrive and achieve at high levels in school, they must be interested and emotionally invested in their own learning.

Why? Because motivation, or the desire that propels one to do something, leads to engagement.

This means students are being attentive to their tasks, putting forth positive effort, persisting through challenges, and advancing their ideas and understandings with a sense of intention.

In a new analysis of 6,800 everyday classroom assignments, Ed Trust asked:

  • What does it mean for educators to offer their students authentic choices?
  • How can educators bring relevancy to their assignments, and what do they need to be cautious about?
  • What steps do educators and school, district, and state leaders need to take to ensure that more students benefit from engaging learning opportunities and the successful outcomes that follow?

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