Tips and Ideas on Engaging Students in the Classroom
Every teacher wants to have an engaging classroom. It is our ultimate goal to get students engaged by the activities and lessons we design for them. What does it mean, though, to have an engaging classroom? How do you achieve it? Are there things that prevent you from getting one?
As each student has their own interests and attention spans, one of our many challenges is to keep everyone eager to listen to our lessons and participate actively in the activities. Let’s take a look at what it means to have and keep an engaging classroom.
What is an engaging classroom?
“Engaging” is defined by Merriam-Webster as “tending to draw favorable attention or interest.” In the classroom setting, this involves allowing individual students to participate in various class activities and class discussions. Students need to feel like they belong at school. That they are part of the larger whole. It is important to have student participate actively within the school, from classroom activities to extra-curriculars. A part of having engaged students start with them feeling like they belong.
Student Participation is Key to Engagement
Various studies have shown the effect of keeping students engaged throughout their school life. Faculty Focus (2017) found out that 70% of their respondents felt that they had a positive relationship between learning and participating. Such as:
- become more engaged in classroom participation
- students can remember information better during the learning process
- reconfirm what students have learned and their personal experience
- have deeper understanding with the subject
Another student engagement study done in Germany (ProcessImLabs, 2019) pointed out that students experiencing boredom in the classroom can disengage from it. In the U.S., more than half of the students who drop out cite this as their reason (ProcessImLabs, 2019). Educators should lower their student response rate to boredom not through entertainment but through engagement.
Students need to participate to feel engaged
Tips on how to create an engaged classroom
Let’s take a look at what it takes to have an engaging classroom. As each student has their own interests and attention spans, one of our many challenges is to keep everyone eager to listen to our lessons and participate actively in the activities.
Here are some ways you can get everyone engaged in your class and ensure active learners:
Creating and keeping a classroom environment where students are eager to listen to their lessons is challenging but necessary. The secret lies in maintaining an engaged environment that not only the teacher will be in control of, but also the students themselves. This can be achieved through various instructional practices, classroom strategies and techniques that include self-management, engaged learning, and lots of fun.
Remember that learning is about giving your students a lesson that they can remember even after they have left school!