Keeping Students Engaged
In this age of technology, we have a ton of stimuli all vying for our attention. Most companies, schools, and even parents are finding it harder to keep our attention. More so, teachers know just how difficult it can be to constantly keep students engaged. The task of presenting material in an interesting and captivating manner is a never-ending challenge to most educators. However, there are a number of techniques teachers can use to capture the students’ attention.
- Be On The Move
Sometimes, being seated for too long can make students get bored and drift off. In such instances, any movement exercise such as spelling with their bodies or marching in place; can help recalibrate their focus.
- Give Your Students Options
Offering choices to students makes them feel more involved in the learning process. For instance, during a class, the student chooses a partner to work with, where to sit and what questions to answer from a pool of options.
- Give Clear Instruction
Communicating your expectations of the students can greatly reduce any ambiguity. Once the students know what is expected of them, be consistent in delivering on their expectations as well. This creates a system that students find comfort in.
- Use Brainteasers At The Beginning Of A Lesson
You can provide the challenge to groups or on an individual basis. However, it’s actually more fun for the students if they do it in groups. Have the students get into groups of their choosing and give them a small mental puzzle. Make the sessions interesting by offering a prize to the first group to solve the puzzle.
- Don’t Be Predictable
While there is value in letting the students know what to expect, it is also important to be unpredictable at times. If you mix your delivery approaches from time to time, you keep the students guessing, which is exciting to them. For instance, if you are always starting your classes by introducing a concept, try starting with a question and answer session. Get creative with your delivery and see what works best.
- Train Your Students To Seek Direction From Their Peers Before Coming To You
By encouraging students to ask questions among themselves, you are teaching them to work together and not to always depend on the teacher.
- Optimize Seating Arrangement
Have your students seated in a manner that optimizes the learning experience. Students with an easy time paying attention can sit at the back, while those with difficulty focusing can sit in front.
Consider that every student is different; what works for one may not work for another, and plan accordingly. Always plan and be intentional with the time allotted, as too much time without a plan may result in poor outcomes.
Capturing the students’ attention in this age of distraction requires forethought, planning, and a bit of creativity. However, with the right strategies, you can deliver meaningful and impactful lessons that stick with your students.