School is off to a roaring start! Here are five things you can do right now to improve student engagement in your classroom:
Smile at your kids! Remember: smiles are infectious! The positive energy you share in your classroom becomes your classroom culture. If you are smiling, your students will smile back. They’ll sit up tall when you smile at them, and they will pay attention to your engaging, positive lesson. No one likes to look at a frowning face!
Deliver positive, interesting instruction. You compete with the latest video games and technology for threshold of interest. Therefore, you have to be a bit of an entertainer. Instruction has to be fun, interactive, sometimes a little unexpected, and always interesting to maintain student attention. This is true of big kids or small kids. No one wants to listen to a boring, monotonous lecture. Mix it up and have fun!
3. Pick Up Your Pace.
Move the lesson along and teach. Dont hesitate. Don’t let one or two small distractions stop the whole class. Don’t spend too much time talking about procedures. You had them at hello! Kids are smart, and if you have good systems in place early on, they will follow them. Teach, and show them you expect them to learn. A good pace for instruction is everything.
Don’t stand still when you teach, and for heavens sake don’t sit down. Move around the room. Make eye contact. Be engaging. Talk to the children, not at them. Face the students with your toes pointed out. Never turn your back to the board or away from the students.
5. Reward Your Rockstars!
Recognize your best students by building them up. They will shut down if you spend all your time engaging trouble spots. Don’t forget about your hardest workers. They will help you build a strong, positive culture in your classroom, and they will help you set the bar high for all kids to be engaged if you recognize them.
Above all, have FUN with your kids! (I know, that’s 6). They are your world and the reason you decided to teach. Let them remind you of the joy of teaching, and your joy will be reflected back to them, and they will become the engaged learners you want them to be. ❤️