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What Wonderful Strategies can you use to Engage Students?

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23 November 2020

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Introduction

Struggling to keep your child or student engaged?

Are they always distracted?

Nature has bestowed children with abundant energy. They are born hyperactive and impulsive. When harnessed and trained in the right manner and direction, this energy expands multifold to yield wonderful learning outcomes.

Engaging students jumping on summer meadow

However interesting and engrossing the activity may be, an average child's attention span is around 10-15 minutes. This necessitates the importance of strategies that can work wonders for young children and utilize class time to accomplish learning effectively. Download the PDF to know about engagement strategies that work wonders for students.

📥  What Wonderful Strategies can you use to Engage Students?

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10 Effective tricks to keep students engaged

Classroom Preparation: How to make class fun?

Children long for a fun-filled atmosphere. They get easily bored by monotony. Their ever-curious brain instructs them to go ahead, discover new commodities and places. So the classroom atmosphere can be made inviting, the environment ambient. Seating arrangements can be altered every day, using named placards, showing where they have to sit during that day’s class. This will develop an eagerness in their minds about who would be their neighbour for the day.

Colours breathe life into children. Sets of picturesque charts adorning the classroom walls, loaded with information on the current class topic, can vividly feed their imagination.

Engaging students at elementary school, how to make class fun?

Improvement Of Concentration: A Warm-up Always Works

Children today are subject to a lot of stress. For destressing, they require external parameters like deep breathing yogic practices to align their focus. Deep breathing exercises, followed by a small general invocation, praising Infinity, requesting the superpower to add joys, subtract sorrow, multiply friends, divide love and solve all problems, followed by rhythmic clapping and distributing a few nuts like almonds as ‘Prasad’ for instant energy. That would be a good beginning to a meaningful Math class, and it is reckoned that ‘Well Begun Is Half-Done’.

Significance Of Inquisition: Questions Are Posed By Winners Only

Children are inquisitive by nature. They have an unappeased hunger for knowledge and an unquenched thirst for information. A good teacher would capitalize on this trait and nurture the inborn curiosity of the children. Question hours would always be welcomed, encouraged, and answers given by the students themselves would be recognized and rewarded once a week. So the intelligent question would be given the highest commendation.

Inquisition increases student engagement

Nurturing Responsibility and Commitment: Set a Goal!

Commitment is the first virtue that helps initiate one towards a goal. To give a head start on that, children can be trained to set their own targets for the day in the beginning and record their achievements at the end of the class. This method has proven to enliven the class and keep the children on a vigil, all set to reach their goal.

The Effect of Gamification, Rhymes And Story Telling

The learning process attains completion only on retention of what is learned. This retention is remarkable when the concept of applying play or playful features is applied to learning. Rhymes have been found to ease the hardship of multiplication.

Stories have always fascinated the young, especially when you apply brakes on the most interesting part, to be continued, to be conveyed in the next session, making the child yearn for the forthcoming class.

Teacher telling a story to kids in the classroom increasing student engagement

Discipline: The Bridge Between Goals And Accomplishment

Classroom rules should be pre-framed and simple enough for little children to comprehend and remember. The rules should be impartial, with no scope for compromise, because children hate discrimination and unfairness whatsoever. As opposed to the thought that rules bring stringency in the atmosphere, they usher in harmony. Little children who don’t follow the rules and maintain discipline should be lightly chided and made to fall in line with the rest. This is essential to ward off distractions and keep the entire class engaged.

Quizzing: No more Boredom and Monotony

Any monotonous class is enlivened by quizzing. Healthy competition amongst children enhances learning, especially ‘THE RAPID FIRE ROUND’. The candidate for the rapid-fire round can be drawn by lots, giving every kid a chance to excel. This drives away fear, shyness, and inculcates strength to face odds and obstacles within a fixed time span, rendering the initial lessons of ‘Time Management’.

Boring and interesting illustration, student engagement increases with quizzing

Dictation and Speedy Responses: Making them think

Dictation builds better listening and transcription skills. Random multiplicands and multipliers can be dictated. The kids have to listen and write the product. Kids would be enthralled to know the ‘Multiplication Wizard Of The Day’.

Sometimes Mathematical terms in English stupefy and startle the kids. Dictation of terms with meaning helps them to clarify the language.

Learning by Simulation: Student becomes the Teacher

Children love to do what their elders do, boss over their peers, and get into the seniors' shoes. Kids should be allowed to become a teacher once a week. The best way to LEARN is to TEACH. The child gets to know the teacher's difficulties, and children learn to come out of their shell and shine.

student becomes teacher in the classroom writes math examples on the blackboard,

What not to do? – To Disengage…

Finally, the easiest way to disengage the learning wagon is to hurt the child’s ego. Mocking and jeering is a strict ‘No’ ‘No’. Teachers should avoid comparisons and encourage only healthy competition.

An idle mind is the devil’s workshop. A successful teacher packs the hour with varied activities, such that, time flies leaving the kid to yearn for more at the end of the hour.


Summary

To summarize:

  • Setting and the impact of the surroundings should not be underestimated when young children are engaged. The location should be demarcated and designed to cater to the tastes of young children.
  • Alignment of focus is the winning proposition. Ways and practices to improve attention, intensify single-mindedness, and serve as key factors of engagement.
  • Cueing children, making them think and ask questions, is entrancing the kids into a maze of information, leaving them to learn, explore, and trace their way out.
  • Goals are reached faster and easier by planning. Objectives should be precipitated and penned down and re-examined with retrospective effect to evaluate achievements. This makes way for steady movement towards fixed goals.
  • Fun and Frolic aid in memory enhancement. Concepts are retained better and can be retrieved flawlessly if they are incorporated into fascinating stories.
  • Rules aid uninterrupted learning, avoid distractions, and focus a lot of time and energy, resulting in greater learning outcomes. Quizzing and Dictation are vital to breaking tediousness.
  • Children are greatly delighted when they are elevated to the post of a teacher. This special characteristic of young children can be utilized to ward off shyness, develop the concept of Unity in Diversity. Repeated teaching envisages that the concepts are indelibly engraved in their minds, which is an added advantage.
  • The best way to touch the child’s brain is through the heart. The teacher should be the cynosure of any classroom. Thus, teachers can use effective strategies to engage young children, manage them, and maximize knowledge and learning.

The next time you teach children to remember to keep these things in mind. Every time you teach a child, you are shaping the future.  


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FAQs

How to engage students online?

Here are some of the ways students can be engaged online:

  • Provide active learning opportunities, not only listening and watching their laptops but also clicking and interacting.
  • Don't just have lectures and give standard homework, make sure you share interesting videos and articles, and ask your students to do the same. 
  • Use social media to make classes more interesting, maybe you can ask all your students to tweet about each class after its over.
  • Gamify with badges and certificates to the top performers and most interactive students.
  • Provide regular feedback and areas to improve.
  • Make students score their own work, provide self-assessment opportunities. 

What are some games to play in a classroom?

Some games that can be played in a classroom are:

  • Hangman
  • Charades
  • Scattergories
  • Bingo
  • Puzzles

Why is student engagement important?

According to research, engaging students in the classes increases their focus and attention, motivates them to practice higher-level critical thinking skills, and promotes effective and meaningful learning experiences.

 

External References

Top Class by WBT Systems - 8 New Ideas for Engaging Online Students

Strength Asia - 4 Reasons Students Don’t Pay Attention In Class – Why & How


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