A survey conducted by Gallup indicates that only half of the world’s adolescent population reports feeling engaged in school and a fifth are actively disengaged. Engagement levels also show a consistent decrease as students get older. With the constantly dropping attention spans, figuring out ways to improve learner engagement is the de-facto goal for most educators today. This blog picks on some handy and straightforward ways to improve classroom engagement. Read on:
Rock the First 8 Seconds
As per a research by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, you have merely 8 seconds to engage your learners before they move on to the next thing. So, use the first 8 seconds to your advantage and get down to business in a unique way. Run a trivia related to your subject, share a humorous fact about it, or open up the subject discussion using a video or game.
The 10:2 Method
For every 10 minutes of instruction, allocate 2 minutes to your students to process and respond to it. Have them ask any questions they may have, or make them write what they have learned. You could even open up peer discussions in these 2 minutes.
Make them Move
This is a very basic, yet effective tip for improving classroom engagement. Activities that require students to respond to questions by moving around in the classroom, indulge in some physical tasks, role play, or even write on the whiteboard, keep them engaged.
Let them Ask
Students must be trained on the procedure of procuring information rather than simply consuming. They need to ask more questions, so provide them with abundant opportunities to do so. Encourage them when they ask more questions and reward them when they think out of the box. Make this ritual a part of your classroom, and you might not need to wait for assessments to see the results.
Keep it Real
‘Why am I learning this? This is a question that every student has. ‘Because it is in your syllabus’, is not the best answer. Giving them examples of how they might apply a skill in real life, makes it more relevant and engaging.
Technology distracts students, right? Well, why not harness it to engage them. Make place for digital tools in your classroom. In each of your sessions, designate a fixed time for gadget based exploration and learning. Use relevant apps for hands-on learning and for inculcating creativity. Let students use online tools to complete assignments. Using informative and interactive videos, animations, and strategically designed games is another excellent way to generate curiosity as well as interest in students. This could also help you provide feedback in the moment of learning.
The Connected Learning Approach
The connected learning approach is keyed to the abundance of information and social connection brought about by the digital media. An example of connected learning may be when a teacher asks students to take pictures of any new words they find outside the classroom, and as a monthly activity, and the entire class goes through the compilation of these pictures from all students. This is an amazing way to increase their vocabulary and keep them engaged in the subject while retaining their everyday technology connection.
Hope you found our compilation of student engagement strategies useful. Do let us know what approaches you use to keep the engagement levels high in your classroom.
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