Re-engagement Lesson

Re-engagement means going back to a familiar problem or task and looking at it again in different ways, with a new lens, or going deeper into the mathematics. This is often done by showing examples of student work and providing prompts to help students think about the mathematical ideas differently. This guide provides more information on how to design re-engagement lessons for your students which you can use at any time during a unit where you think it will be helpful for students to revisit a specific mathematical idea before moving on.


Re-engagement is not the same as reteaching. The following table compares the two practices.



• Address basic skills that are missing.

• Revisit student thinking.

• Teach the unit again.

• Address conceptual understanding.

• Do the same or similar problems over.

• Examine task from different perspective.

• Practice more to make sure student learn the procedures

• Critique student approaches/solutions to make connections.


• Clarify mathematical ideas and/or concepts


• Offer opportunities to understand and explore different strategies


• Help move students from specific answers to generalizations for certain types of problems


• Confront student misconceptions

• Models qualities or characteristics of desired performance

• Provide specific feedback to students on their work