Strategies for Student Engagement
Engaging students in the learning process has shown to improve their attention and focus, motivate them to develop higher-level critical thinking abilities, and promote positive and effective learning experiences. Instructors that include a student-centred approach to teaching and learning enhances student engagement, which helps everyone achieve the course’s learning objectives more successfully.
Recognizing your pupils and their interests can help teachers become more purposeful when planning for classroom instruction. When that knowledge is combined with an awareness and understanding which is research-backed, high-impact tactics will work best with your students, teachers can create classroom environments where students show growing interest, enthusiasm, and engagement in the learning process.
Great educators understand that even before their learners can access knowledge and learning material, they must first establish strong relationships and shared understandings about the purpose of school or their class, as well as work with students to develop and integrate their purpose for being at school. Teachers should be smart in ensuring that students have relevant, accessible, and engaging learning opportunities once these common objectives and conceptions have been established. These are some outstanding techniques and strategies that teachers should practice and follow:
Create classroom structures that encourage students to learn and collaborate
Learning is first and foremost a social activity. Babies learn to speak by listening to and imitating their surroundings, but young toddlers learn to hit a baseball or skate by observing and receiving feedback from others. At school, all students should have the same advantages. Students at your school may come from families where storytelling is a valuable learning tool. Using a digital platform to build virtual learning communities where students can interact and exchange ideas online could be another approach to foster collaboration outside of the traditional turn-and-talk classroom.
Using technology to teach
In-classroom technology, such as projectors, podium-mounted computers, smart classes, WIFI, real-time response systems, and many online internet tools such as podcasts blogs, videos, etc are fast evolving. When correctly matched with the instructor’s learning objectives and course content, these tools offer a tremendous potential for enhancing student learning in unique and innovative ways. This would only increase the involvement of students and make learning process more enjoyable for them as compared to the basic traditional mode.
Ensure student learning is clear and purposeful
Students must understand what they are studying, why it is essential, and how to succeed in order to be interested and motivated to learn. Teachers should be careful to build their “why” account in such a way that it connects with the pupils in front of them. You may lose some students if the sole objective of the learning is to obtain grades. When it comes to receiving a decent grade and grasping and implementing what you’ve studied to a real-world problem, then, you’re including the entire class.
Course Content to be innovative and creative
Boredom is a trigger for disengagement among students. Using active engagement tactics, you can prevent students from losing interest in a course. Create engaging instructional content that is both innovative and enjoyable to interact with. Infographics, short, snappy video material, and event-based training experiences that imitate real-life high-stakes decisions are some of the content types that keep learners coming back for more.
Combine innovative educational content with microlearning concepts to give the most important stuff up front (rather than making learners search for it), and direct learners to high-quality online resources like articles, blogs, podcasts, videos etc. Use non traditional ways to make the topics and concepts more enjoying and interactive for kids.
Many educators who use in-person or blended classrooms use this learning technique. Placing the power of learning in the hands of pupils moves them onward to a point when self-discipline and dedication are required for maximum learning. Flipped learning enables students to ask relevant questions directly to the teacher without taking time away from their studies. Students can also put what they’ve learnt into practice before moving on to the next topic.
Leading dynamic discussions
Group discussion is an effective technique for boosting student learning but it rarely happens on its own. Teachers need to facilitate these talks and discussions and being prepared ahead of time will only assist them in defining a clear focus for the conversation and establishing well-defined parameters. This will allow the class to discuss key themes from a variety of perspectives, improving students’ interest in and engagement with the course material.
Defined and clear learning goals
When students know what is required of them, they perform more effectively. One of the most important learner engagement tactics for attracting an audience’s attention straight away is to set and communicate clear learning goals in a language they can understand.
The first task is to recognize your students’ development needs and how they link to larger corporate goals. Simple surveys asking learners about their prior learning experiences could be used to do this. Spend some time getting to know each learner’s specific requirements. Consider starting the course with a personal goal-setting activity to truly urge participants to commit emotionally in the course right away.
Collaborate and work in groups
Collaborating in small groups creates a useful break from individual classwork for pupils. They’ll profit from each other’s viewpoints and skills to communicate their thoughts. When it comes to organizing group work, trust your instincts and your knowledge of who gets along with whom. Letting students to work with friends may provide the energy you need for more meaningful work, while structuring the groupings may avoid uncomfortable pairings.
Make learning tasks Demanding & Challenging
Demanding learning assignments aren’t just lists of “difficult” issues or unrealistic standards from the teacher. More engaging learning tasks should be given by teacher rather than just assigning pages and pages of practise problems to prepare for a test. The learning tasks and activities that scaffold student learning should connect to the real world and/or to the students’ experiences, and challenge students to use what they know to solve a problem or apply their knowledge to a new task
Problem-based/project-based learning along with Inquiry-based learning
Learners are given a problem to solve or a project to accomplish, but the emphasis is on the end product, permitting students to select what materials are required to complete the problem or project. A learner conducts his or her own research to find an answer to queries asked by the instructor or by the students themselves. Inquiry-based learning can be as easy as viewing video lectures or as complex as planning and carrying out a project.
Active learning as a means of increasing student involvement
Participation of students is required in active learning instead of just observing and sitting silently in the classroom. Brief question-and-answer sessions, discussion interwoven into the lecture, impromptu writing assignments, hands-on activities, and experiential learning events are just a few examples of strategies. Contemplate how to set specific goals, devise successful assessment methods, and provide constructive feedback as you consider implementing active learning strategies into your course.
Establish open communication channels
Create courses that stress open communication channels from the outset and ensure that students know how to use them. Create outlets for sharing feedback and opinions, and make it obvious that each one is respected and heard. Online communication can be used to improve student engagement through casual group conversations, guided peer learning, or informal venues for asking questions. Structured and unstructured interactions can both contribute to a sense of community and open communication.
“Great teachers focus not on compliance, but on connections and relationships” said P.J. Caposey. It is these healthy relationships that helps us to create an environment needed in a classroom. We all can agree that nothing is more energizing than having a meaningful and nice interaction with another person and we can discover that energy and infuse it into our children if we can develop a sense of community and trust in our classrooms, allowing them to reach their full potential and make a positive effect on the world.