Constructivist Learning Design
"Each of us makes sense of our world by synthesizing new experiences into what we had previously come to understand. Often, we encounter an object, idea, a relationship, or a phenomenon that doesn't quite make sense to us. When confronted with such initially discrepant data or perceptions, we either interpret what we see to conform to our present set of rules for explaining and ordering our world, or we generate a new set of rules that better accounts for what we perceive to be occurring. Either way, our perceptions and rules are constantly engaged in a grand dance that shapes our understanding." From, In Search of Understanding: The Case for Constructivist Classrooms, by Jacqueline Grennon Brooks and Martin G. Brooks, 1993, 1999.
: very attractive or pleasing in a way that holds your attention
: tending to draw favorable attention or interest
Engagement is the wonder word many educators use to describe how teaching and learning embodies twenty-first century learning environments. However, engagement just doesn't happen because a district or school have purchased the latest technology or cool furniture.