Actively Engaging Students in the Classroom
|Teachers experiencing real lessons|
Actively Engaging Students in the classroom
Designing and delivering an engaging lesson doesn't need to be an exhaustive, challenging process, that brings to mind the show-and-tell days of kindergarten (fun as they were).
- Engaging students promotes a positive environment.
- Engaging students lowers the affective filter.
- Engaging students fosters interaction and community.
- Engaging students supports learning (and student) retention.
- Engaging students empowers learners to learn.
- Engaging students produces effective, efficient teaching.
Unscrambling a Dialogue
While there are grandiose manners to insure engagement such as creating a game or writing a skit, there are also smaller, easier measures a teacher can take.
How do we actively engage our students in my lessons?
|Group work creates an enjoyable learning environment|
Get them in groups: Cooperative learning is a communal act that fits nicely into any classroom context. When we inject pair work and small group activities, students connect with the content and with one another in a deeper manner. They also develop comfort in sharing their academic knowledge. Having students work cooperatively supports their learning and creates community.
Assess at every step: The more we get from them, the more attention they pay. Random, verbal and non-verbal assessments recycle key points and encourage participation. Trying to find out what students know helps them build confidence and helps us keep them in the center of the class.
Personalizing content, building background, and explaining the task's purpose are all ways we generate those connections.
Connecting students to what they are doing and why encourages engagement.
Expect more: When we believe students do know more than they're letting on, we encourage students to reach beyond their comfort zone. That belief however it is expressed is palpable, and students respond to it. When we expect they can, students tend to surprise us, themselves, and their peers.
|Workshop on Checking for Comprehension|
There's no magic to engaging students, but the effects of engaged students can be magical.