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How to keep engaging students in learning?

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November 09, 2020

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Introduction

How to increase interest in studies?

Understanding Student Engagement

Let us first look into the word ‘engaging’. 

What does engaging mean?

Engaging means participating. Commitment is one of the significant attributes of ‘engaging’ or ‘engagement’. We also know a student denotes someone who is studying.

By bringing ‘studying’ and ‘commitment’ together, we can associate the students’ commitment to studying or learning as ‘student engagement’.

Student Engagement: engaging students in learning

A student gets enrolling in an educational institution to attain an appropriate level of comprehension of a subject or skill is definitely not as simple as it sounds to be. 

The transference of knowledge will be effective only when the target (student) is receptive to the source (teacher). 

Taking a cue from the above analysis, ‘student engagement’ is the students’ willingness, enthusiasm, positive attitude, motivation, attention, curiosity and passion to what they are being taught for cognitive development.

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So, how to increase interest in studies? Let us try to figure out various factors involved in engaging students in learning:


How can a teacher enhance active engagement?

The teacher is the core of student engagement especially school engagement. The teacher’s way of teaching, talking, praising, supporting ability, and receptivity are the motivating factors for students to become involved in the learning process. 

The students make it a point to be regular to the class of a teacher who inspires and pays attention to get benefited from the class with a target of doing well.

 Teacher enhancing active engagement and participation

They work harder to be in the good books of the teacher and be able to exceed the academic expectations. They have the power to enhance school engagement.

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Does the surroundings of students affect cognitive engagement?

This would primarily affect school engagement includeing the infrastructure, facilities, extracurricular activities, educational outings, safety measures, awards, and recognition.  

Surroundings and environment of a student affects active engagement

Students who feel well connected to the place of study have a high probability of being engaged. They will attend the classes regularly paving the way for creating interest and inclination towards learning.

Cognitive engagement?

Cognitive engagement is the level to which students' are capable and want to take on the learning task at hand. The amount of time, effort, and attention the students are going to give to the work at hand.


Why should you take note of students' mindspace? 

A student’s physical and mental well being is of utmost importance. 
Any health issues or stress in their personal life, for example, lousy family conditions or relationships which create obstacles in students’ involvement in intellectual engagement should be addressed sensitively. 

Student should be in a good mindset for intellectual engagement

Students are mentally strained because of the health issues and chaotic family life, and this might even give rise to other behavioural problems like Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder [ADHD] which hamper student engagement.


Peer Group: Is encouraging peer learning important?

Positive peer group relationship is essential for a competitive study environment. It helps the students by fostering confidence and positive self-image which boosts up their aspirations of academic achievement. 
For example, peers who are dedicated will influence others to be the same. Goal-Oriented peers will inspire everyone to do peer learning. 

Peer group and how it can be beneficial to have peer learning.

On the other hand, negative peer group relationships lower morale and have an adverse impact on the student’s interest in the class. For example, peers who skip classes tend to influence others to do the same. Those indulging in bullying will instigate others.


How important is it to use creative teaching resources? 

Learning resources are of great significance to the students. These comprise comprehensive reference books, technological help, physical manipulatives, learning-based activities, etc. 

Creative techniques to get school engagement

These sources complement the urge to delve deep into the subject. An easy to understand and comprehend study material and the illustrations cited in them is a critical factor in attracting students’ attention. 
For abstract concepts, animated videos and physical manipulative are an ideal teaching aid and help in engaging students in learning.

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How do parents factor into active engagement?

It is quite natural for a student to get demotivated or disinterested in the course of learning. At those times, parents play an essential role in tracing the root cause and counselling their wards to help them stay positive. 

Parents can help increase interest in studies

Parents can coordinate with teachers by giving them specific inputs which will help teachers to take corrective measures, if any, with a common goal of high student intellectual engagement.


Conclusion

Engaging students in learning can encourage them to put in their heart and soul, not just to score well but also to appreciate the essence of what they have learnt by implementing the learning practically. 

It is the responsibility of the teachers and the institution together to provide the right set of conditions to promote student engagement. Having said that, parents can play a perfect role in bridging gaps by communicating about any issues from a student’s perspective which needs to be addressed by the teacher/institution.

Students love to learn new things provided they are being taught effectively and a big part of it is also a peer group.

The practical manner would typically mean to emphasize the essence of what is being taught, include practical examples and activities to ensure that learning outcomes are achieved. The more they find the subject relevant to their lives ,the more involved they will be in learning it.

So what techniques and ways can you think of engaging students in learning now?

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What does student engagement look like?

  • The students’ voluntary commitment and motivation arising out of keenness to reap the benefits of learning wholeheartedly. 
  • Engaging students in learning can encourage them to put in their heart and soul, not just to score well but also to appreciate the essence of what they have learnt by implementing the learning practically. 
  • Students love to learn new things when they are being taught effectively and using engagement. 
  • The practical manner would typically mean to emphasize the essence of what is being taught, include practical examples and activities to ensure that learning outcomes are achieved.
  • The more they find the subject relevant to their lives, the more involved they will be in learning it.

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