Today we’re going to talk about how to creatively engage students in the classroom.
Even though this article is written for teachers, it is valuable for homeschooling parents as well.
Often times, when our students exhibit undesirable behavior, many of us tend to reach into our magic box of classroom management strategies to get the class under control. While this may be required at times, it’s not always the answer.
Sometimes, your students may be fidgeting for the mere reason that they’re bored or they just don’t feel connected to their learning.
So instead of trying to “manage” them, let’s see if we can include them in four different ways because…
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Alright, let’s get into it:
#1. Have Them Move
Have your children participate in play-based learning. This is not just for younger students but also for intermediate and high school students. Have them participate in activities that have them moving around the room and learning from each other.
#2. Include Their Voice
Teach your children how to reflect on their work. Talk to them the importance of making progress and mastering specific skills over time instead of trying to be perfect right away.
Once they’ve taken time to reflect, use their thoughts in their report cards, for parent-teacher meeting or for student-led conferences.
If you’re from British Columbia, Canada, use these core competencies as a way to have your children reflect on their learning:
- BC Core Competencies Self Reflection and Self Assessment Journal
- BC Core Competencies Self Assessment and Self Reflection Task Cards
- BC Core Competencies Self Reflection Journal for Primary Students
- BC Core Competencies Self Reflection Journal for Intermediate Students
If you’re from a different part of the world, check out these fabulous Reflection guides that are created for specific themes that you’re teaching.
#3. Sharing is Caring
Give your children a creative writing project and for those who enjoy being the center of attention, give them the opportunity to share their work with the class. You can also have them do this in small groups and have one child share for the group.
#4. Play with Projects
Implement project-based learning into your classroom. You don’t have to do this all of the time. Try one a year and then one a term. It will excite and motivate your children.
I’ve just created a project-based learning resource for my class to teach them about cultural acceptance. It integrates so many different skills, like reading, writing, art, socials studies and so much more. I also have children present their work to the class. My children loved working on this project because it allowed them to the freedom to go into as much depth as they chose. They got to lead their learning. Click the following image for more information:
Let’s recap really quickly. Today, we looked at the following:
- We talked about the relevance of creatively engaging students in your classroom.
- We looked at four actionable steps that you can implement right away to engage your students: have them move, include their voice, sharing is caring, and play with projects.
You don’t need to implement all of the steps that have been outlined in this article, but remember to check in with your students and integrate the steps that they need.
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