These 10 Strategies Will Help You Engage Your Students
Research-based strategies for getting kids and teens into the right academic groove are an integral part of effective teaching and school leadership, and engage students who’ve recently been caught up in their classrooms and their lives.
The right motivational attitude is critical, but how do you get these types of students to become engaged in their studies and where to access this knowledge? How do you get students who are disengaged to engage and even to participate in the education process? What is the greatest failure we can have in terms of developing and challenging students so that they engage in the learning process?
Effective teachers and school leaders rely on these research-based strategies to create the environments that inspire students to learn and produce successful outcomes:
Be Prepared to Lead
If your students can’t see you, it doesn’t matter how good of a teacher you are. If you can’t create a place in their minds where they’re excited about learning, you can’t help them. They need to know that you care about them, that you are invested in what they do, and that you are providing a place for them to imagine that they can become someone at the top of their profession.
Many students can’t see the light or whiteboard. With this mindset, they are tired, bored, unmotivated and stressed by school. They see themselves in the situation. They are not like the others.
Let them Know What They’re Given
Research shows that students can be more engaged and motivated when they are aware of the resources they have at their disposal. That information should be their own. It should be yours. You may have a lot more knowledge than they do, but they should be the experts in their learning.
Where can they get more information? What is in your classroom or school library? What are activities that will make you more efficient? What can you do as a resource for your students? Who does what at home? What can you offer your students that they can’t get in person, and what should they focus on when they’re in the classroom?
Encourage Them to Interact
Students don’t just want to concentrate; they want to be part of the learning process. They don’t want to sit by themselves in class, and they don’t want to fail. If they feel like they’re taking classes to get a higher grade, they will lose interest.
Students, by their nature, have strengths and weaknesses, and they should be encouraged to take risks and be creative. You want to make students feel like they can succeed when the stakes are high, and you want to make them feel like they’re valued as they do, so they work harder and more diligently to learn.
Help Them Tell Their Stories
Many students become disengaged when they realize they can’t make a difference. They start to ask themselves, “Does that really matter?”
Even if the grade isn’t bad, you’re not going to win the popularity contest. A recent study found that teens are 13 percent more likely to score higher on a math test if they share the story of how the challenge made them think, and 12 percent more likely to score higher on a science test if they speak at length about their research. Studies from MIT and Harvard show that students are more likely to achieve when told directly about how they’ve learned.