Actively engaging students in their learning helps them process and retain information, which leads to deeper thinking and problem solving.
Many times throughout the year, educators will have to compete against outside influences (e.g., holidays, family issues, friends) in order to effectively engage students in the learning environment. Actively engaging students in their learning helps them process and retain information, which leads to deeper thinking and problem solving.
Here are four ways to foster positive student engagement:
- Use the 10:2 method. Reading Horizons suggests that for every 10 minutes of instruction, students should be given two minutes to process and respond to the instruction. Students can do this in many ways, such as writing what they have learned, asking questions or having a group discussion with their peers.
- Shuffle seats. According to Edutopia.com, it’s one of the simplest ways to shake things up and get them going again. Students are able to connect with fellow students and gain new perspectives. Do it as often as needed to keep conversations fresh.
- Implement active learning and a relevant curriculum. Research provided by Education.com states that students learn and retain more information when they actively participate in the learning process and when they can relate to what is being taught. Instructional strategies such as group activities; differentiated instruction; and lessons that draw from students’ background, interests and academic needs help to support student engagement.
- Create an emotionally safe learning environment. Motivate students to engage in challenging tasks using positive language, encouragement and positive reinforcement. Establish rules that give them confidence to take risks and make mistakes in the learning environment without fear of being teased or receiving negative criticism.
For more ways to foster positive student engagement, check out this infographic providing 27 Ways To Increase Student Engagement In Learning.