It can be challenging at times when we are working with a student who is not engaged in our lesson. So often, we fall into the easy route of blaming the student for inability to sit still, focus or behave. Way too often, this repeated behavior results in teachers developing a “deficit” view of the student where we think there may be something “wrong” with them. Perhaps they need to be diagnosed, or receive additional classroom support. I would like to challenge this pattern in my own classroom. The statement on the bottom of this picture is important to remind me that the student’s engagement is my responsibility to address in my planning. When all else fails, this list serves as a great bank of strategies that we may utilize to help gain the attention of all our students.