The SLANT Method for Student Engagement

SLANT is an acronym for 5 common visual indicators of student engagement. The indicators are:

  • Sit up
  • Lean forward
  • Ask questions about the topic
  • Nod your head
  • Track the teacher with your eyes

Generally speaking, students who exhibit even one of these 5 indicators during a lesson are engaged in the topic. This can also be generalized to any speaking situation with participants.

This sounds like a good thing to put up on the wall of my classroom.


3 responses to “The SLANT Method for Student Engagement

  1. SLANT is miserable for some kids on the autistic spectrum and with certain neurological issues. Requiring SLANT also makes it more difficult for teacher to engage the students’ GENUINE level of engagement.

    I recommend that any adult who is thinking of pushing SLANT in their classroom try SLANTing all day, without fail, at a conference, professional development day, etc.

  2. You make some good points. I think it’s more useful as an observation tool for presenters and teachers to gauge attention rather than an actual teaching method. At least, that’s how I’ve used it.

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