Engagement to me means creating an environment in that students 1. feel safe learning in and openly sharing opinions in and 2. Want to learn in. I believe as an educator it is my job to create these two things in my classroom so that I will be able to properly engage my students. Engaging students is so important because it takes learning to a whole new level for students. You can talk at kids all day long and their retention might be decent. However, if you try your best to make class engaging, fun, interesting, open and honest students retention levels are going to so much higher than just talking. So to be the best educator possible, engagement will be at the forefront of my teaching strategies.