Engagement is Not a Unicorn, It’s a Narwhal: Featuring Heather Lyon

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How do you define student engagement in your classroom? This week’s guest, Heather Lyon, shares a common understanding of what engagement looks and sounds like so that anyone can design and gauge instruction using this understanding. More importantly, with this knowledge, educators can make changes to instruction to truly increase student engagement. 

In this episode, we also discuss:

  • Grading practices that need to be assessed
  • The teacher and resource shortage in education 
  • And her books, Engagement in Not a Unicorn (It’s a Narwhal) and The Big Book of Engagement Strategies

About Heather Lyon:

Heather Lyon is author of Engagement is not a Unicorn (It’s a Narwhal) and The BIG Book of Engagement Strategies.  Heather is a former English teacher and has a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and an Ed.M. in Reading from the University at Buffalo. She is an Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology for Lewiston-Porter Central School District in Western New York. Heather has been a staff developer and held various administrative titles, but the professional title she likes best is learner. She is also a proud wife and mother who struggles with but values the importance of boundaries and balance—which are so critical for all of us. Heather lives with her husband and three children, who make her smile and teach her the importance of kindness, respect, and patience. 

Please follow Heather on Twitter @LyonsLetters and visit her website www.LyonsLetters.com.

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