When you look around the classroom, do you see students sending text under their desks? Are your students skipping class, arriving late, and leaving early? If you do, then maybe your lessons have been falling flat.
Teachers need to find new ways to make learning relevant and valuable to students. Keeping them quiet is already a difficult task, but the challenge of getting them actually interested in your lessons is even more difficult. Here are some tips to actively engage your students into learning:
Arrange Interesting Field Trips
Science and Geography are subjects students usually find boring. Getting out of the classroom is a good way to spice up the curriculum and promote active participation. If you are a science teacher, you may want to arrange a school trip to Iceland with AdaptableTravel.co.uk, or even just a trip to the Science Museum in London if you teach science.
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other related websites are effective tools when trying to engage young learners. Students are very attracted to technology regardless of the age group. Gadgets, such as tablets and mobile phones, can also become supplementary textbooks and literary sources. Remember, though, to make sure that students use them properly and appropriately to really stimulate the desire to learn.
Relate Learning to Real Life Situations
Another key way to involve students in learning is to ensure that the lessons link to their real lives, and within the framework of their social, emotional, and physical development. Spend time creating assignments and approaches to a particular lesson, making sure that they link to current or future life activities of the students—this strategy will pay off through greater student engagement and motivation.
Praise Efforts, Not Intelligence
It is important to praise your students’ efforts rather than their intelligence, because the latter is already innate and you cannot do anything about it. Efforts, however, is something students can develop, especially when you encourage them to take the risk of making mistakes and learning from them.
They say learning is a two-way process—when you make the effort to engage your students in learning, the students will be better able to sustain their focus and remember the lessons you are working so hard to deliver.