How do you teach class and make it fun?
How to make class more interesting? Have you got all these methods and techniques?
A fun, energetic and positive atmosphere keeps students excited about going to class every day. Today, many teachers use a variety of online interactive and mobile learning games to keep students’ attention in the classroom and find them very effective. But not only these, there are many other methods and techniques that can also make students look forward to the course and influence their behavior.
How to make class interesting? How to arouse students’ interest in learning? Here are some methods and techniques for reference.
01. Have the right attitude
Creating a joyful classroom requires the right attitude. The right attitude stems from a teacher’s passion for the job; a desire to form strong, no-strings-attached relationships with students; a genuine concern for how they feel, and an eagerness to make the classroom a unique experience for each individual.
A simple smile, a deep breath, and a warm greeting each day will go a long way toward building a good relationship between teachers and students. The right attitude will make teachers calmer, more relaxed, and know what they are doing.
02. Be yourself
Fearful of encouraging bad behavior, many teachers hide their true personalities behind a facade of no-nonsense attitude that alienates students and often inspires fear and loathing. It also ends up making the classroom a dull, boring and depressing place where students resent and dread class.
It’s important to express your humor, have fun in class, and share a laugh with your students – it makes you more likeable, approachable, and ultimately gives you more control over classroom behavior.
03. Become a storyteller
Stories are motivating and inspiring tools that can transform a drab classroom into a magical land of endless possibilities. A teacher who can tell a compelling story quickly has students hooked. This influence can be used to encourage good behavior and instill desirable classroom values.
You can start with a short anecdote about an embarrassing, funny or touching experience, and where appropriate you can use the story to introduce the unit or make a point. As long as the narrative is interesting and relevant, it can yield better results than regular classroom instruction. Teachers who are good storytellers always create powerful bonds with students that influence behavior.
04. Become a communicator
If you are not already, or if there is room for improvement, change the way you interact and communicate with your class. Tone and body language make up a huge part of your communication style, so make sure it’s positive, assertive, and in turn inspires confidence.
Express your confidence in each student’s abilities and potential. Smiles, warm greetings, words of encouragement, and frequent eye contact to all students. Giving them a sense of your confidence in their abilities is often enough to motivate them to do their best.
05. Set a limited number of class rules
Too many rules can make a classroom feel like an army boot camp, and you’re a training instructor. If you want students to remember and follow your rules, don’t set them 4-5 at a time. Once the rules are internalized, replace the rules; students must still follow them, but now it will be the unwritten rule.
To create a more positive classroom environment, make the rules “dos” rather than “don’ts,” such as “respect everyone around you” instead of “don’t be rude to others.” Having some sensible rules and following them makes the classroom a disciplined but not intimidating place.
06. Incorporate “mystery” into your curriculum
Learning can be most fun when students don’t know what to expect. Try to incorporate surprise and mystery into your lessons. When a new class is about to start, students are given new cues every day until the last day before the class starts. It’s a fun way to demystify a lesson, and you may find that students are actually looking forward to finding out what they’re going to study next.
07. Don’t repeat class material
Reviewing class material is appropriate and necessary, but try not to repeat it verbatim as this will make students less interested in it. When it’s time to review material, try playing a review game in which relevant information is presented in a different way than when teaching students the first time.
The 3-2-1 strategy is a fun way to review rather than repeat material. For this activity, students write in their notebooks three things they learned, two things they found interesting, and one question they still have.
08. Create classroom games
Games are a great way to keep the classroom interesting. For example, if you want students to remember their spelling words, you can have a spelling bee – participants are eliminated when they misspell a word, etc.
Whether it’s digital games or traditional classroom activities and role-playing games, classrooms can be fun. Using games as a teaching strategy is one of the important ways to make the classroom interesting.
09. Give students the right to choose
The reason why classrooms are boring is often because teachers control the right to speak, and students have no choice at all. The classroom has become a monologue, a teacher’s one-man show, and the students seem to be outsiders.
If teachers can give students choices, they can make the classroom a personalized classroom. Empowering students to make their own choices while learning, choice can be a powerful motivator as it helps to foster interest and independence in students. When planning an event, try making an options board.
10. Use technology
Technology is a great way to make lessons interesting. Kids love electronics, so try incorporating them into your overall teaching strategy. We can use digital games to spice up the classroom, create competitive competitions, create gamified learning environments, experiment with interactive displays, connect to classrooms in another city or country via video conferencing, and extend your collaborative learning activity curriculum wait. Use technology in a variety of ways, and you’ll see dramatic changes in the learning interests of students in your classroom.
11. Let the classroom become an interactive classroom
In a traditional classroom, where the teacher stands at the front of the room and lectures to the students, and the students take notes while listening, this is not the most effective way to keep students interested. An interactive classroom is a good classroom.
Make learning interactive by creating hands-on lessons that engage students every step of the way. Try using cooperative learning activities such as teaching jigsaw puzzles. Lessons become fun when students are engaged and lessons are made interactive.
12. Make teaching content relevant to students’ lives
Why do students and audiences doze off, get distracted, feel bored, or even leave early? Because these things have nothing to do with him/her.
Try to make an authentic connection to what the students are learning. In teaching, if the teacher can make the teaching content closely related to the life of the students, and even the materials, data, and cases all come from the students, then such a class will naturally become interesting.
13. Flip your curriculum
Flipped classrooms have become popular since the term “flipped” entered the wider education community in 2012. When first proposed, the idea activities and conceptual reinforcement that students could learn new information at home and then come to school to use classroom time for critical thinking were unique. Many current teachers are using this strategy with positive results. Students in a flipped classroom are able to work at their own pace (which is great for differentiated learning) and engage with their peers in a more interactive and meaningful way in the classroom. Try using the flipped instructional strategy in your next lesson and observe the depth of student engagement.
14. Think outside the box
For lesson planning, we can try to think outside the box and plan a lesson that is completely out of the ordinary. This could be guest speakers, field trips, or outdoor learning. When you try something new and different, students are more likely to respond positively. Students will find learning more interesting and fall in love with it when you present it to them in a variety of creative ways.