Guest Writer: Paisley Hansen
Keeping your students engaged in the classroom is becoming harder than ever before. With the short attention spans of kids in today’s society, you need to do whatever you can to keep your students engaged. There are many different ways that you can create engaging class material that will stimulate and bring your kids to a whole new level of excitement in your classroom. Once you start implementing these new ways of teaching, you will find that it is much easier for you to have a classroom that is enjoyable for both you and the students.
Utilize social media
In our modern age, it is important that you take advantage of social media. This is something that your students are going to be on quite regularly. Starting profiles for your classroom on major social media networks is a great way to keep your kids engaged. You will be able to appeal to their love of social media and have them engage on a much more regular basis. Learning the art of social media is something that may take a while to get the hang of. However, if you keep working at it, you will become a social media natural in no time.
Use media to make your lessons more engaging
Kids today are so used to seeing so many engaging videos and pictures. If you aren’t taking advantage of these tools, you are greatly missing out on an awesome opportunity to engage with your students. You need to make sure that you are using high-quality images and videos. Without utilizing media in your lesson plans, it will be easy for your students to start losing interest while you are teaching.
Have reward systems
Reward systems are a great way for your students to want to excel in school. These reward systems don’t have to be full of expensive prizes either. You can get creative with inexpensive or even free rewards that will motivate your students to work hard in their classroom environment. Peer to peer recognition systems are a great way for your students to be able to reward each other for their successes in the classroom.
Go on field trips
Field trips will always be one of the greatest ways to get your students excited about learning. There is a lot that you can do when it comes to organizing field trips. You will be able to fully immerse your students in the subject that you are teaching by showing them a real-world application of it.
Give your students opportunities to present
Giving your students the opportunity to present will be a great way to make them accountable for teaching the rest of the class about a certain subject. Presenting can also help your students learn the art of public speaking. The sooner someone can overcome the fear of speaking in public, the easier it will be for them to take advantage of all of the opportunities that come from being able to speak well in public.
Take an interest in your students’ likes and dislikes
When you know that your students are into, it will be much easier to relate to them. It won’t take a whole lot of time to look up who the famous YouTubers and rappers are currently. When you start talking to your students about these celebrities that they look up to, they will start to be much more interested in you as a teacher.
Keeping your students engaged in the classroom is easy to do when you know where to direct your efforts. Instead of trying to force your students to pay attention in class, it is a much better idea to create lessons that will be more engaging for everyone involved. There are plenty of resources online that will help you find the best ways to keep your students engaged in the classroom. The more you are able to learn about engagement, the easier it will be for you to have a classroom full of engaged students.
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