Engaged in Learning

Highly engaged learners take an active role in meaningful tasks and activities. They assume increasing responsibility for their learning, and they actively demonstrate their understanding. They explore a variety of resources and strive for deep understanding through experiences that directly apply to their lives, promote curiosity and inquiry, and stimulate new interests.

Learners from supportive literacy environments repeatedly participate in engaged learning tasks. When engrossed in reading, children are operating at a deep level of semantic processing; they are manipulating their own syntax, sorting out possibilities, trying to maintain grammar, and experimenting with language (Holdaway, 1979). In the process, children are developing knowledge and skills necessary to promote their literacy development toward more conventional behaviors. These children demonstrate intrinsic motivation to engage in literacy tasks and are driven by curiosity to explore and experiment with a variety of literacy materials.

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