Does that sound like a tall order? Engaging students for the entire class? Well, consider what we have if we don't have engaged students: nothing. Student engagement is paramount to learning and the first ingredient as it signifies desire, a willingness to learn. Fortunately, SIOP provides a ton of clues as to how we can gain and maintain student engagement in our classrooms.
Student engagement is a critical ingredient to learning and teaching. If students are not engaged, how can they willingly learn anything? Student engagement must be the first, second, third, and final thing that goes through our minds as educators. If students aren't engaged, we need to ask ourselves why and try and determine the best course of action. Here are three things you can do to re-engage a disengaged classroom of students:
The bottom line is this: why do for the students what they can do for themselves? The more of the work that we give the learner, the more engaged and the more vested they become in their own learning. If students aren't engaged, the chances are you are doing all of the work. If you notice that students are not engaged, ask yourself why.
Sometimes teachers may think that engaging students takes up valuable time. The fact of the matter is in addition to having students leave your classroom with smiles on their faces (and probably looking forward to going back), engaging students saves time.
Besides, you might enjoy your day a bit more too! Teaching an engaged group of students is such a treat. The more engaged they are, the quicker things will go because they will be working with me.
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