Your students will learn better if they enjoy your lessons and participate in classroom activities. The good news is, you don’t have to spend a lot to level up your class.
Relate your lessons to your students
Aside from winning their attention, connect your lectures to things they value in life and their routines. This activity will make them comfortable with sharing their thoughts and ideas.
Let them study and learn in groups
Students become more attentive, productive and competitive when they are grouped together–as long as they’re able to choose the group mates they like. When group members are not comfortable with each other, this may lead to poor performance and conflicts.
More than just yes or no
For an interactive reasoning activity, instead of waiting for students to answer your questions with yes or no, encourage them to explain their answers. This can be a group activity, with each group taking a stand. The different groups will then argue and explain their positions, as they engage in mini-debates.
Play, Answer, and Pass
This makes class recitation more fun by turning it into a game. You will pick which student will answer your question–however, he or she has the option to play it or not (play = tokens).
After taking the challenge to play, the student must answer your question correctly. If the answer is correct then that student gets to pick the next challenger. If his/her answer is wrong, you will pick another student to play.
Make them write a “one-word description”
Make this your last activity: have them write a one word description with a two-sentence explanation of what they’ve learned from the class. This will help you to track students’ daily performance.
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