The weekly droning on of classes sure does get boring at some point. This is where tutors need to step up their game and employ relevant strategies and methods that can work for their classroom. Here are 18 exciting and unique ways to make your class lively and engaging!
1. Collaborating virtually 🛰️
This is a fairly new concept which is just emerging in the industry. It is essentially an online space that is dedicated to learning, including professors and students from all around the globe. Having such a diverse platform will help students to interact and brainstorm with new people broadening their perspective on the topic.
2. Peer teaching 👨👩👧👦
It’s a known fact that the time you want to examine whether you’ve understood a specific concept to its maximum is when you can clearly teach it to another. Have one or more students take over the lecture room once, or keep it rotating so others can also have a chance.
3. Social media 📱
Take advantage of the wonder that is social media! Set assignments or projects that take place on one of the platforms, and watch it do its magic.
4. Maintain an air of mystery 🕵🏽
Don’t just blurt out the right answer. Ask a question at the start of the class, and let the students work their way around it while you continue with the class, and reveal it at the end.
5. Replace lectures with conversations 👀
Attempt to transform lectures into a two-way conversation stream. Except with a bunch of students.
6. Flip your classroom 🔄
A flipped classroom is a blended learning activity wherein the activities that take place in and out of classrooms are flipped. For example, assignments to be done at home will be done in class, or classwork will be conducted on an online platform. The purpose of this is to offer students a different working environment and encourage adaptability, which will eventually reflect on their performance.
7. Be friendly 🤗
Every class doesn’t have to be so serious. Keep it light; crack jokes, laugh when one of your students cracks a joke, and just have an amicable environment.
8. Eliminate textbooks❌
It seems as if it’s the most important resource in the classroom, but it’s not. It leans more towards the theory side of learning, and less of practical applications.
9. Ungraded assignments 📝
Develop one such ungraded assignment as students are then freed of the grading scale and can focus more on learning what’s on hand.
10. Increased autonomy 💡
This will advance the students input into the course and give them more control over what is going on. For example, instead of assigning readings, have them select the ones relevant to the topic studied. This will get them interested and result in them truly reading what they have selected.
11. Participate in projects 💬
Don’t simply hand over activities or projects. Engage in them while your students are at it too. This makes them feel that you are working alongside them, which may provide a sense of comfort.
12. A new teacher 👓
For a change, hire or request an opinion leader or guest teacher, who is relevant to your course, and present them with a concept to teach your class.
13. Field trips 🏕️
Since when did field trips become something only primary teachers arrange? In order to visualize the concepts studied in class, plan a day out to watch the concepts come to life in appropriate settings. For example, visiting the museum or volunteering.
14. Role playing 🎭
Have groups of students prepare a small skit showcasing what they have learned in the classroom. This will also help you identify what they have or have not picked up on.
15. Online individual quizzes 💻
Conduct online quizzes that have the whole class involved. Kahoot is a great app to work with for this intent!
16. Flashcards 🗂️
This is an evergreen technique that truly results in efficient learning practice for courses with a lot of information to keep track of.
17. Avoid collective punishments 😞
If a students behavior is unacceptable to a certain extent, make it a point to communicate it effectively to them but not employ any kind of punishment. Statistics reveal that punishment usually always has the opposite intended effect.
18. Flexible seating arrangements 👫
Such a small but major difference does this make! Not only will this bring a meager change to the classroom, but will also make collaborating easier.
Keeping your students’ attention at bay is no walk in the park, but with a handful of relevant strategies, you can surely manage to do it just right!
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