Top 5 Strategies for Student Engagement
If the mind of a student is not engaged or interested, understanding of the content will not happen in the class. If the mind and heart of the student ar not in the same place, long term retention of knowledge does not stand a chance.
Here are some strategies or methods that teachers can use in their classrooms.
Excite their Interests
Problem-based learning is an effective tool. Let the kids brainstorm ideas for problems, make them think. Ask them what they love, are afraid of, are curious about, or want to contribute to. Use that to your advantage. Children would love to be involved if the problem would excite their interest.
Project-Based Learning is something that should be encouraged in every classroom. Many researches have shown that when students work hands-on on a project, they learn more and will remember their learnings for a longer period of time. Important concepts can be incorporated through this strategy.
Encourage self-directed learning, freedom to explore new ideas and learn on their own. But also provide checkpoints where students should check-in with you, a peer, a parent, an expert around them, or anyone else that can support them without defeating the autonomy.
Collaboration that is meaningful
Working together by forming groups works wonders. But collaboration is more than simply sitting together, or completing an activity together. For true collaboration lessons must be designed in such a way that a group cannot work without every member coming in to contribute. It may be student to student, student to teacher, student to school collaboration.
The teacher-student relationship
A positive and effective student-teacher relationship is crucial in any classroom. A good start to create that is to meet students on their own terms in their area of interest and personalized attention. Students admire teachers who understand them and will listen to them. This can happen only if you develop the relationship, which will ultimately result in an engaging atmosphere in classroom.
We need to truly focus on understanding, and helping students understand the value of the goal they are working towards. Once we achieve that, it can help engage students and also promote a strong student-teacher relationship.
This article is inspired by an article on Teach Thought website. Read the original here.