Learn about the most effective student engagement practices because the best classroom management tool is an engaging lesson!
Student engagement can be described as the interest and enthusiasm exhibited by students towards what is being taught, their motivation to learn and their interaction with the content, instructor and peers. In the absence of conventional classroom teaching, as the world now resorts to online classrooms, it may get a little tricky to keep students gripped on learning. Therefore, it becomes vital to adopt practices that promote student engagement and facilitate better learning. Want to know how to keep your students engaged in class? We have for you, some practices and strategies which have turned out to be very beneficial and have enabled educators across the globe to step up their game in their e-classrooms!
- How to eliminate barriers to student engagement?
Barriers to student engagement include- logistical, social and motivational barriers. However, there are several practices to overcome the same. For example setting norms and expectations, stressing on active learning, establishing deadlines, defining hours for synchronous/ asynchronous learning, inclusion of non academic tasks/check ins and promoting student agency by emphasising on student voice, student choice and student visibility i.e. recognition and appreciation of students’ work etc.
- What are the best practices for student engagement ?
Setting school norms for virtual learning, establishing agendas periodically, virtual labs, international collaborations, featuring virtual guest speakers and introducing activities such as role playing to accurately replicate real life scenarios are some effective practices which enable educators to keep students engaged in remote learning. In addition to this, educators can design a sort of online instructional guide and a comprehensive time table to be followed by students and parents at home for making online learning more effective and easier. It is also essential to reduce parent- led tech dependency. Another strategy for student engagement would be to make the classroom content more relevant to the prevailing circumstances and assign tasks which require students to look into their surroundings, become more aware and build on their critical thinking skills. Help students to make connections to the real world while teaching new concepts and provoke their curiosity. To be on the same page with all your students about new concepts being introduced, explain, pause and discuss while teaching so as to ensure that all students are moving forward with you at the same pace. An array of tech tools can be used to achieve desired results such as- Google Classroom, Zoom, Floop, Kahoot etc.
- How can we make it easier for parents on the frontline?
In order to make online learning a little easier for students who have parents working on the frontline or parents with difficult working hours, separate groups may be created to cater to the needs of those students and special permissions may be granted such as the liberty to take an online test at a later date/time which may be more convenient for the parents and students or providing access to recordings of lessons that students can watch if they are unable to join an online class at a particular time.
Most importantly, check on your students to ensure that they are keeping well physically and mentally. Provide them with a creative environment where they are heard, their work is recognised and participation is appreciated. Establish a comfort level with them which will make them want to tune in for your lessons!
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