It is every teacher’s dream to have enthusiastic students, always deeply engaged in learning. However, with a class made up of varying personalities, learning styles and abilities, not all of them will sing in tune to one ‘fixed’ approach of teaching.
Once in a while, you may find a couple of students getting distracted or bored in class or even falling asleep right in front of everybody! You may start wondering if your lessons are too dull and doubt your teaching skills.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you can always liven up your class, with students brimming with excitement and curiosity? Not only will it leave you feeling satisfied after each lesson, your students will also develop more passion for the subject.
If you are struggling to find creative ways to transform your class into a highly engaged learning space, here are some strategies which you can implement on a rotational basis to see which ones work best for your students.
Remember every class is different and has its own dynamics, experiment the following tips with your students and you’ll never know how much positive impact it can generate.
1. Warm up sessions:
Not only is this a great way to start your lesson, you can also reinforce what your students have learnt by asking them if they can recall what was taught in the previous session. Start your lesson by simply asking “Do you remember what you have learnt in our last class?”
You can also use this as a prelude to what will be taught in class today.
2. Getting everyone involved:
More often than not, you will encounter classes where you get the same students who will always raise their hands. By picking on the vocal ones to answer questions, you might risk isolating the shy and quiet ones. To give everyone a fair shot and to make sure that all students participate in thinking about the question asked, why not get them to write the answers or thoughts on a piece of paper. Next, get them to share their responses with the class.
3. Pair work or group discussion:
Gone are the days where students would sit passively and listen while the teacher does the talking. Get your students involved and crack their brains over discussions in pairs or a small group. Next, let them present their responses in class and get other groups to pose questions. This makes for a lively discussion.
Note: Switch partners whenever necessary so that students get to learn and work with different people.
4. Games and quizzes:
Inject some fun into your lessons with games and quizzes. You can divide your class into 2 groups and pose questions related to the lesson taught. Whichever group gets the most points is the winner!
5. Harnessing multi-media:
With so many interesting videos and educational apps at our fingertips nowadays, why not incorporate them into your lesson. The key thing to remember is that they have to be relevant to the lessons and not take up too much time.