Classroom Management | Engaging Your Students
K – 12 Education: Stressed Out Series
Keep the Students Engaged in Learning
I use Google applications for just about everything web related. The other day I found this 20 plus month old teaching article neatly tucked into my Google account. A great method should have a long shelf life worthy of being passed along to those that missed its debut the first time around. How to Be an Engaging Teacher is one of them.
The author Kevin Bibo believes the single most important element of a successful classroom is a teacher who designs learning assignments that keep the students engaged and fun to complete.
Here are some of the bright ideas that Bibo suggest for making a focused effort to keep your students actively engaged in the subject matter and the learning process:
• Assignments must be meaningful to students.
• Tailor the work you give to fit the interests and experiences of the kids.
• Set the achievement bar as high as possible and really challenge them to reach it.
• Show examples of truly outstanding student work.
• Share your confidence in their abilities and urge them on to greatness.
• Breakdown assignments to smaller pieces.
• Make sure that every aspect of the assignment is worth points on rubric.
• Stick to hard deadlines and subtract for late work.
• Grade student’s work in a timely manner. The best is a 24-hour turnaround.
Bibo spotlights productivity and some of the things that take “happy” out of teaching as discipline issues including acting out, tardiness to class, and student failure being minimized and maybe even eliminated If you, the teacher, think innovatively.
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