Barriers to engagement can be as simple as mental carryover from the last class period or the Pandora's box of distractions that 1-to-1 devices often provide. This read provides wide-ranging techniques to try with your classes. Often the most powerful changes are those that are easily done and widely replicable. Think of the strategies listed in this article as the catalyst for further quick changes that you can make in your instruction.
Games. This seems like the easy way to get students engaged in this era of 1-to-1 devices. While it is arguably a way to get students to participate, does it really engage them in the topic at hand? The 5 strategies shared in this resource will help you to gain students' attention and keep them on the edge of their seats.
Sometimes students just need to stretch their legs to keep going! These thirty strategies can be used as a way to break up your "go to" methods of getting students up and interacting with each other. From using animal sounds to form groups to something as simple as ways to start class celebrations, these strategies are sure to replace some of your current methods of keeping your kiddos engaged.
Are your students not participating in whole-class discussions? How about creating some "conver-stations"? This 3 minute video demonstrates how to get your students to lead conversations and modify their opinions as they discuss. Try this as a way for your students to get to know each other.
How do you put pressure on student to own the class conversation? Lazer pointer! This quick and easy technique allows student to have a voice where no one else is allowed to interrupt. Techniques like this are shared as well as the impact they can have on instruction and engagement.
Keeping students engaged often has to do less with entertainment value and more with providing students with enough support to get involved in class. This resource lists six different strategies to try with your K-12 Students in order to keep them involved in learning the topic at hand.
A different approach to student engagement is to create a flexible classroom setting that allows students multiple options for personalizing their learning space. Something as simple as the use of couches that have been donated as a quiet reading space or inexpensive crates that are repurposed as both storage and seating. Sometimes it is the little things that make a class become an environment where student engagement happens!
Engagement is not always about what the teacher does but how the student perceives their role in the class. For older students, allowing students to personalize their learning can be the catalyst that opens the door to engagement. It also opens the door for cross-curricular opportunities.