Have you ever looked at your class in the middle of a lesson and seen students “flying in the clouds”? You may think that your lesson is perfect and will be very interesting for students. But still, you see children being distracted and not listening to you.
It is important for every teacher to find ways to make their lessons interesting. Only in this way will students be able to assimilate and remember the information you teach them.
Over the decades, teachers have devised new teaching methods that would keep students in shape and motivate them to learn. Some methods have not been tested over time, but others have proven to be quite effective.
- Add a riddle to your lessons
Learning is more fun for students when they don’t know what to expect. Add a little mystery to your lessons. As you study a topic, give the children a little hint at the beginning of the lesson. This will help you to make the puzzle a learning process. So children will be interested in waiting for new material to solve this riddle.
- Do not repeat the textbook material
The textbooks provide the basic material, which, of course, should be covered in the lessons. But when explaining in class, try not to repeat the textbook material verbatim, because this makes the lessons uninteresting for students. When you repeat material already known to students, try to present it differently.
When repeating the passed material, you can also use the method “3–2-1”, which allows you to memorize the main ideas, but not to repeat the material verbatim.
The essence of the method is that students draw a pyramid in a notebook and write down three new facts they learned, two facts that were interesting to them, and one question that remained in them after studying the topic.
- Invent educational games
Both at the age of 5 and 25 people like to play. Games are also a good way to make a lesson interesting.
If you are learning the spelling of new words in class, play a knockout game in which you will dictate the words and the students will write them in a notebook. Anyone who writes a new word incorrectly is eliminated – and so on until the winner is determined.
If you teach math, such games can be played using mathematical formulas or solving examples. Games will make the learning process exciting for children and bring them a lot of positive emotions.
- Give students a choice
One of the effective learning strategies is to offer students a choice. This can significantly increase students’ motivation, because the possibility of choice always arouses interest and develops independence.
When students complete tasks, give them several tasks to choose from. For example, you can give nine tasks from which students must choose and complete three.
- Use technology
Technology is a great way to make lessons interesting. Children love electronic devices, so try to include them in the learning process as often as possible.
Instead of just lecturing in front of the class, use presentations and whiteboards. Use video conferencing programs and share a lesson with another class in another city or country. Use different technologies – and you will see how students’ interest in learning grows.
- Make the learning process easier
Effective learning is very important. But this does not mean that you should always be as serious as possible during lessons. Relax and acknowledge that students may have interests other than learning. Sometimes you can add a little humor to the learning process. You will find that your students will find it much more interesting.
- Make lessons more interactive
Most often during lessons, the teacher explains the material to the class, and students listen and take notes. Unfortunately, this is not the most effective way to maintain students’ interest in the subject.
Make learning more interactive: if you add more practice to the learning process, students will be constantly involved. Practice group work and learning projects in which each student is responsible for their part of the work. Conduct experiments in class. Interactive forms of work will make the lesson m 8. Connect the material with students’ life experiences
When you explain a piece of material, talk about where it applies in life. This will help students better understand why they are studying a particular subject.
If students ask you why they should teach math, physics, or any other subject, and you answer, “Because,” you will lose the students’ trust. Instead, try to explain the benefits of the subject with a real example: “You study math because in life you have to pay the bills and plan the family budget.” The direct answer helps students to establish the connection between what they learn in school and how they will be able to apply the acquired knowledge in life.
- Use the method of “inverted learning”
The method is consists in the fact that children learn new information at home, and in class they discuss the studied material, critically evaluate it and consolidate it.
Today, many teachers say that “inverted lessons” give good results. In such conditions, students can work at the pace they want (and thus provide differentiated learning) and interact with each other in the classroom during discussions. Try this method in several lessons and observe how students are involved in the learning process.
- Think outside the box
It is not necessary to conduct each lesson according to a template, so that it consists of explanations and notes. Plan non-standard forms of lessons. For example, you can invite a guest to a lesson, go on a field trip with students or conduct classes in the fresh air. When you try something new and unusual, your students will most likely like it.
You can coordinate your actions with another teacher and plan an interdisciplinary lesson. You can also use the Internet and take a virtual tour. It will be more interesting for children to learn if you are creative in presenting the material.