Not many educators want to teach a classroom full of students who are not passionate about learning. After all, not much will get done if kids are more interested in chewing their pencils or doodling on their desks than listening to their instructors. However, teachers cannot show up for class and expect their students to be just as excited as they are to be there. Ultimately, if educators want their pupils to love learning, they have to provide instruction that gets them excited.
Of course, this is not as easy as it sounds. With the right approach to teaching, however, educators may be able to turn their classrooms into vibrant learning environments where engagement levels are high.
Embrace physical learning
Not every student likes to sit at his or her desk all day. If teachers find their pupils do a lot of wiggling during their lessons, it may be time for them to make learning more physical. There are several ways instructors can go about transforming their classrooms into physical learning environments.
For example, teachers could ask their students to stand for portions of class or replace their desks with exercise balls. Despite the fact that kids will move around a lot more, the end result may be a more focused and attentive class.
Edutopia recommends elementary school students clap their hands in a pattern that accompanies a set of math facts, while high schoolers could stand and march in place. Some of these exercises may seem silly, but students could find it to be a refreshing change of pace.
Give more feedback
Many students are unlikely to feel engaged in what they are learning if they are lost or cannot get a grasp on a difficult topic. Rather than struggling, teachers should let their pupils know they can ask questions whenever they are confused or bring up any queries after class.
If students know their instructors are there for them, they may be more likely to care about what they are learning. Before long, kids may even be willing to admit they love going to school.
Use educational technology
These days, children across the country are growing up in homes where computers, smartphones and tablets are as common as televisions and radios. For this reason, many kids not only develop an interest in technology at a young age, but also become quite handy with these devices. If they go to school and use nothing more than physical textbooks and worksheets, they may not be as engaged as they could be.
Teachers could increase their engagement by integrating technology in the classroom. Everything from tablet computers to interactive whiteboards could really help students take an interest in whatever subjects they are covering. Before long, attending class could be something to look forward to.
Educators should also keep in mind that K-12 students are likely to use all sorts of technology if they continue their studies at the collegiate level. According to a 2011 infographic from OnlineEducation.net, 98 percent of college students own a digital device.
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