Disconnected Students and Meaningful Student Involvement

There is a crisis of disconnection affecting students, teachers, classrooms and schools around the world.classroom banner

What is Disconnectedness?

Disconnectedness is the absence of any sustained connections in life. Disconnected students can feel separated from from learning, curriculum, peers, teachers, teaching, learning devices and more. They can feel disconnected from relevance, rigor, and relationships, as well as disconnected from their selves and their communities. This disconnectedness is at crisis proportions because almost every student in every school experiences it at some point throughout their education.

The Challenge

Disconnection is a challenge because it prohibits many things that are essential for school success, including student engagement, student ownership, student agency and more. Disconnected students literally cannot experience those things without proactive, positive and powerful experiences of Student/Adult Partnerships.

Opportunities for Meaningful Student Involvement

Meaningful Student Involvement happens when the roles of students are actively re-aligned from being the passive recipients of schools to becoming active partners throughout the educational process. The relationship between meaningful involvement and disconnection is direct: Moving students towards active, authentic and substantial opportunities to reconnect to learning, teaching and leadership throughout education.

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Published by Adam Fletcher

Adam is the founding director of SoundOut. An author, speaker and consultant, he has worked with K-12 schools, districts, nonprofits and others for more than 15 years. Learn more about him at http://soundout.org/Adam

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