Improving the Engagement of Students in a Classroom

One thing that a teacher has observed in his/her life and most probably despised, is a half-sleepy, daydreaming, bored child. On the student’s part, most of the school time feels like a prison. It jams them with schedules, activities, classes, homework, extracurricular ventures, and they remain on desks for hours and hours. On the contrary, for a teacher, proper engagement of children in the class lectures is also a challenge. They compete with distractions, sleepiness and the general lack of motivation. Overcoming these tests, they have to find new means to promote new experiences to the students. Following are some measures that the teachers can follow in order to engage students in a class.

The Personal Connection

The intention here is to build a personal connection with the students and even the playground. What mentors need to do is talk to children and learn about their interests i.e. music, culture, T.V shows, memes, and evoke an emotional response. Consequently, the content will be simple to learn and recall. Pupils will understand better and remember the concepts effortlessly.

New Trend of Gamification

Most teens of this modern age like to play games. We can implement diverse kind of classroom-friendly games for about any lesson to keep students excited and interact with each other. Additionally, students that run behind grade can redeem extra points by participating in a game-based project. The game point system can really work in bringing out the shy kids. The endgame is to form a community with clear and open communication between the teachers and students.

Group Therapy

I remember my first day of college. As the class does not know each other well, our professor took us to the ground and separated us in groups and just said, “Talk to each other. Befriend each other”. That day was helpful and we learned a little about each other. Soon the classes began with the same means and were followed by distribution of assignments, presentations and complex subject discussion. The moral of the story is that if sufficient time is handed over to the students, to share and come up with ideas, they will be better prepared and can also teach each other.

Commanding the Tech of 21st Century

Any type of technology that is accessible to educators should be utilized. They should work to implement it in the lesson plan. Students of 21st-century are already heavily invested in technology, and hence their involvement can be deeply engrossed.

Some example to be used are; podium-based computer, wireless connections, real-time references, and web-based tools. These tools have a high potential for supporting scholars in learning via creative and innovative ways.

Everyone on the Neutral Ground

Teachers are always in front of the class but that does not mean that they cannot train at a personal level. By stepping away from their commanding position, they can assist students in projects and share with them their experience and interest and can follow the first norm of personal connection. Asking students about the things that they know of will make them feel that the teacher is concerned about the topic and they can offer valuable inputs.

So, here you go readers, the aforementioned were some of the ways, that can be blended with conventional teachings to impart interactive education. This interactive way surely looks fun and is easy to play along with learning and work.

— Anmol Preet Singh

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