Have you ever been in the middle of teaching a class, glanced at your students, and caught them staring into space? Just when you think you’ve created the perfect lesson plan or engaging activity, you may find that your students are unfocused and out to lunch.
Yet it’s essential that you find ways to keep your classes interesting so your students can absorb and retain the information that you present.
- Incorporate Mystery Into Your Lessons
Learning may be the most fun for your students when they don’t know what to expect. Try to incorporate a sense of surprise and mystery into your lessons.
- Don’t Repeat Classroom Material
It’s appropriate and essential to review classroom material, but try not to repeat it verbatim because this can make it less interesting for students. The next time you need to review material, try playing a review game during which you present the information in a way that’s different from the first time you taught the students.
- Create Classroom Games
Games are also a great way to keep lessons interesting. If your students need to remember their spelling words, conduct a spelling bee—a contest in which participants are eliminated when they misspell a word. Games make learning fun, and games in class are a prescription for happy kids.
- Give Your Students Choices
Choice can be a powerful motivator because it helps to foster student interest and independence.
- Use Technology
Technology is a great way to keep your lessons interesting. Instead of standing in front of the room and lecturing, try using a Smart board interactive display. Use technology in a variety of ways, and you’ll see the interest level in your classroom increase by leaps and bounds.
- Don’t Take Teaching so Seriously
Being an effective teacher is an important job, but that doesn’t mean that you have to remain serious in class at all times. Try to loosen up a bit and acknowledge that your students may have different interests and learning styles than your own.
- Make Your Lessons Interactive
Make learning interactive by creating hands-on lessons that involve students every step of the way. When you involve students and make your lessons interactive, your class becomes more interesting.
- Relate Material to Your Students’ Lives
Try to create a real-world connection to what your students are learning. Try giving them a real answer such as, “You’re learning about money because in the real world, you’ll need to know how to buy food and pay your bills.
- Flip Your Lessons
The flipped classroom has been gaining in popularity since the term “flipped” entered the broader education world in 2012. Students in a flipped classroom are able to work at their own pace (which is great for differentiated learning) and engage with their peers in a more interactive, meaningful way when they’re in the classroom.
- Think Outside the Box
Lesson plans don’t have to include worksheets or lectures during which students sit and take notes time and again. Try thinking outside the box and plan a lesson that’s completely out of the ordinary. Invite a guest speaker, go on a field trip, or take learning outdoors. When you try something new and different, there’s a good chance that your students will respond positively.
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