Student Engagement is so important
One of our most important goals as educators is to engage our students. I can tell you that this is not always easy. Student engagement strategies can be challenging, but I’m here to tell you that it’s easier than you think. That’s right!
I want to share something personal. Something that inspired me to start this journey helping teachers feel like rock stars in their classrooms.
Student engagement strategies
It was my 4th year teaching. I was still in the beginning of my career as a teacher, but I felt so confident in my skills. Until I noticed that most of my students were totally disengaged during my lessons. I would look around and half of them were playing with something in their desk or having a side conversation with their neighbor. Can you relate?
I felt defeated. I kept asking myself, “what am I doing wrong?”, “Why aren’t they interested in what I’m teaching?”
Then it hit me. If I was a student, would I be engaged? And the answer was….no.
…and I seriously felt awful. I had been teaching content that was important, but my message wasn’t being received. I had lost my students in the translation.
From that moment forward I made it my mission to be a rock star in my classroom. What I mean by that is, when I get up in front of my classroom, my students can’t wait to hear what I have to say.
It didn’t happen overnight. I worked my tail off in order to create these lessons that were rock star material.
Now, I’ve made it my mission to help other teachers do the same.
BONUS! I did the hard work for you! Engaging students doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s the approach you take and it begins with you.
So let me ask you, are you ready to be a rock star in your classroom?
The #1 Strategy I can give you
There are so many strategies to enhance student engagement. Some of them work and some of them don’t. One strategy might work this year, but it completely falls flat the next year.
However, there is one strategy that has always worked for me no matter what group of kids I get. That strategy is creating a culture of achievement within my classroom.
It may sound simple, but it’s actually not as easy as it sounds. So how do we create a culture of achievement within our classrooms. Let me break it down for you.
- Create goals with each student. Make sure they are obtainable. These can be weekly, quarterly, monthly. Whatever works best for your students.
- Find creative ways to help students achieve and monitor the progress on their goal. This can be research projects, presentations, group projects, etc.
- Challenge is key. When students feel challenged they are more likely to put forth the effort.
- Make learning “cool”
- Asking questions should be an expectation
- Mistakes are celebrated
- Use a variety of educational strategies
- Student-led learning
So what do you think? Maybe you’re already implementing some of these strategies, but I want you to pick one or two to focus on.
The last bullet is bold, because that one is huge. When students feel like they have influence in their classroom, it is so powerful.
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