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Several studies (and informal observations) have revealed that better student engagement in class is associated with higher success and more effective classroom management. Engaged children are more likely to meet behavioral expectations, be kind to their classmates, and perform better academically. But, engaging students in class is quite complicated.

92% of teachers believe student involvement is a key driver of success. Educators also cite attendance and student learning satisfaction as crucial factors in academic performance.

It’s easy to spot low student engagement in a class. Negativity, low encouragement and excitement for learning, negative interactions, low attendance, and high distraction happen due to poor classroom engagement. When student engagement in class begins to dwindle, we frequently grab the prop box. We watch random videos, read time-consuming materials, and do unnecessarily difficult activities… just to attract and maintain student attention in class.

There are some best (and simplest) techniques to promote student engagement.

We’ve prepared a list of the best strategies for promoting long-term engagement in the class without the need for modern accessories or hours of post-school preparation. You can implement them in your classroom to instill a love of learning and foster a healthy classroom culture.

The Strategies…

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61% of teachers believe hands-on activities would improve the classroom learning experience compared to traditional teaching. The same proportion of teachers believe that increasing critical thinking abilities can increase classroom learning. The best way to start everyday activities in the classroom is a warm-up. A classic warm-up could be spotting mistakes in material written on board.

Create groups of three-four students and instruct them to work together and raise their hands when they believe they have discovered all of the errors. Allow students to be vocal about their opinions on debatable matters and foster open conversation in the classroom.

You should encourage your students to participate in class as much as possible. Interactivity is essential for struggling students, but it can also be used to engage advanced students.

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Did you know if you could fly straight up in the air, it would only take an hour to go to space? And the human body is made up of around 37 trillion cells. Give innocent minds a start by sharing unique facts in the classroom. It prepares students for the rest of the class and improves their knowledge, which they will surely share with their friends, parents, and siblings.

“Hey, mom… Did you know that Insects have been around for around 350 million years, whereas humans have just been on the earth for 13,000 years.?”

“Really?” Mom responds. “I certainly did not know!”

“Yep! My teacher told me in today’s class!”

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Many changes have occurred in interactive learning. It has progressed from basic exchanges between teachers and students to digital learning and interactions. It is possible that it will undergo significant changes soon as technological advances continue to proliferate. However, the use of games in education became widespread in the twentieth century, from the 1960s to the 1970s.

Mind-challenging games, academic puzzles, and even science toys (such as terrariums, specimen rocks, and microscopes) can be included in classes to encourage engagement and assist students in cognitive growth.

67% of students believe that gamified learning is more interesting and inspiring than standard classrooms. The novelty factor of games is an effective technique to promote student engagement that frequently requires little planning.

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Today’s youngsters can cheerfully use smart gadgets for a whole day without losing focus for a second. They can play video games for hours and scroll social media feeds but cannot focus on arithmetic problems for an hour.

In our digital age, keeping smart devices away from students is hard. Therefore, you can harness technology and engage students with online tools that will help them complete assignments and create an engaging environment in your classroom.

You can make classrooms engaging for your students by using EdTech tools. These solutions enable both parties to actively participate in education in innovative and collaborative ways, making learning easier and more enjoyable.

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Asking students challenging and thought-provoking questions will lead to interesting, engaging classroom discussions and encourage friendly competition.

Teachers can ask key questions to help students understand the importance of a topic. It is anticipated that students would then ask follow-up questions, engaging in conversation.

Develop questions that will spark discussions in the classroom and, as a result, boost engagement. The questions you ask should help them develop their critical thinking skills while communicating facts and ideas. Plan a series of relevant questions during classroom discussions rather than starting with a single deep and difficult question.

Allow students time to think and prepare answers. Waiting 5-10 seconds increases the number of students who volunteer to answer, resulting in longer, increased responses. If no student volunteers after 10 seconds, rephrase the question. Refrain from answering your own question.

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Weaving humor in your class lightens everyone’s mood and makes everything more enjoyable. Laugh with your students, and don’t be afraid to let them laugh occasionally!

Ask students to bring jokes to share in the classroom. Have a funny hat day, mismatched socks day, or any amusing dress-up time.

According to researchers, children who laugh in class develop good communication and critical thinking abilities, become more creative and handle stress better. When children laugh in groups, they develop a positive environment in the classroom and build strong bonds with their peers and teachers.

Humor is a natural icebreaker that helps students interact despite their differences. All of this decreases conflict in the classroom while increasing student attention and involvement.

Conclusion

The finest learning occurs when you can spark creativity, imagination, interest, and fun in your classroom. Numerous studies have discovered various positive correlations between student engagement and learning outcomes. One of your primary responsibilities as a teacher is to do everything possible to engage your students. Follow these strategies to engage with your students. A fully engaged student will encourage behavioral engagement, cognitive engagement, and emotional involvement.


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