One of the daunting challenges facing each (new) teacher centres around getting students engaged in classroom learning. In a digitally focused age where focus gives way to multitasking, attention deficit becomes the current currency. I have already featured some of the techniques to increase students engagement in previous posts, today I am sharing with you 7 more tips from Reading Horizon. These 7 tips are also included in a beautiful visual below.
1- Use the 10:2 method
This means that after each 10 minutes of classroom instruction you provide students with 2 minutes to reflect, show what they learned, engage in mini discussions, ask questions …etc
2- Incorporate movements into your lessons
This is about about engaging students motor skills in thinking and learning. Instead of answering a question while being seated in their desks, students can move to a certain spot in class, go to the board..etc to answer the question.
3- Pick up the pace
According to Reading Horizons, several educational research studies (Carnine & Fink, 1978; Williams, 1993; Ernsbarger et al., 2001) have debunked the myth that the slower the instruction process the better the learning. According to these studies, a quickened instructional pace can also have some positive impact on students learning in that it provides them with a varied set of opportunities to engage, respond, and reflect.
4-Provide frequent and effective feedback
As I mentioned in 5 research-based tips to giving effective feedback, a timely feedback makes the whole difference in students learning in that it consolidates their learning and decreases the likelihood of making mistakes.
5- Allow students 5-7 seconds of ‘think time’ when asking a question
Always make sure you provide a reasonable amount of wait time for students to think before they can answer.
6- At the end of a lesson have students use the 3-2-1 method of summarizing
This is a summative method that allows students to recapitulate what they have learned. They can do this through writing the 3 things they have learned from the lesson, share two interesting things that stood out to them from the lesson, and pose a question about what was taught.
7- Periodically pause mid-sentence
By allowing students to fill in your unfinished sentences, you make sure they are following up with what your teaching.
Check out the full graphic from Reading Horizon