Don't feel that the fact the title says "for the college classroom" that this isn't for you! For students who are college bound, utilizing some of the tactics explored by professors can help bridge the gap between high school and collegiate instruction. It also gives a glimpse of how professors are facing the same engagement challenges and how other professors are taking on the challenge.
Here is something interesting! We have all heard of the student who seemingly could care less about being in school. But is that really the case? Everyone has motivation to do something, including students. What is it? An idea I have to get students focused on their motivation is creating a card that is visible to them every day about what their goals, aspirations or motivations are as a constant reminder and link their behaviors to those goals, aspirations or motivations.
My favorite part of working with people, especially youth, is connecting with them and getting to know their story. Some kids deal with a lot and as educators, we can't expect them to know how to not bring that frustration into the classroom. I can name a slew of adults who don't know how to always "leave it at the door." This chapter is an excerpt from the book 'How to Teach So Students Remember' by Marilee Sprenger, available for purchase online.
It's always inspiring to see real world examples of teachers making a difference in a school to create a large impact in a community. This site and accompanying video showcases how one school used specific tactics to engage underperforming students to double academic performance within three years
There are many ways in which you can connect with your students. Some connections start when teachers appear as a relatable person who shows an interest in wanting to know what is on the minds of their students. This real world example shows how one teacher uses student centered conversations to create engagement with her lessons, builds connections with her class and learns things about them in the process.