10 Nov, 2021
As a teacher, it’s your job to ensure students are engaged in the lesson. Educational research tells us that they're most focused when actively involved with what you teach them! Unfortunately though as teachers we know how difficult keeping their attention can be during Fall Break and around holiday time; fortunately, there is plenty of help on hand for these special occasions--learn from experts who have spent years teaching by following our list below:
Use visuals that will catch their eye and hold their interest. You can't force children to pay attention, but you might be able make it more interesting for them by using visuals that match what topic they're interested in. For example, if I'm teaching about animals then pictures of cute cats would help keep the kids focused on me instead!
Use materials and activities that will engage your students from the start. You can bring in a lot of excitement and momentum by using activities that will engage your students from the start. For example, if we want them to think about why we celebrate Christmas provide materials like reading passages on religious traditions or crafts such as making nativity scenes!
Use incentives as a motivator for completing assignments, staying on task or even good behavior. An incentive doesn’t have to be tangible-in fact it can be something more abstract like “extra technology time working on lesson activities, A class walk around campus, or five-minute free talk time." Use these rewards wisely because they won't work if you give out too many of them!
Use a timer to set short achievable lesson goals. Students will stay engaged knowing they have set amount of time for an assignment, and it also works wonderfully when using small group or station work! For example, display a five-minute stopwatch then allow them to plan their writing, or solve a word problem or even review vocabulary with a partner.
Use positive reinforcement and praise students for doing well on assignments, participating in group work, and answering questions. Make sure to give credit where it's due- small achievements should be celebrated too! For example: Star Student Johnny stayed seated during the video, so I want him know that was really impressive."
As teachers, we know that keeping the focus of our students can be a challenge. With the holidays coming up, it’s only going to become more difficult to keep their attention on your lessons. Luckily for us, there are several ways that we can actively engage them in lessons without having to do too much work ourselves! With these strategies, you should have no problem keeping your lesson plans exciting and engaging this fall and holiday season! Be sure to check out our resources for student engagement at TeachItPro.com