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Keeping Students Engaged
Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:18 PM
As a future educator, what are some activities and different way to help keep my students involved in the lesson?
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Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:47 PM
I think along with Katherine said about engaging and hands-on activities, students interpret and understand new information well when they can connect what they learn back to something they are familiar with in real life. In other words, creating meaningful activities and asking purposeful questions that help students think about the subject outside of school terms is a great tool when teaching. I also like KWL charts and flow maps that can help the teacher evaluate if the students have gotten the "big picture" out of the lesson.
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Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:11 PM
I am a future educator as well, I think that as long as the activities are hands on that the students will be engaged and involved in the lesson. One activity that I used in an assignment on living and nonliving organisms is having living and nonliving organisms from outside in a paper bag, such as gravel and grass. The students then come up and pull an item out of the bag and state if it is living or nonliving. The other students either put thumbs up if they agree or thumbs down if they disagree.
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Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:40 PM
I am also a future educator who aims to teach in the elementary level. I am not placed in a science classroom, however, I did have the opportunity to teach a science class today. When I was creating my lesson plan for this class, I also had the same question. These are some strategies that I used in this lesson:
I made sure:
that the content was age appropriate.
each part of the lesson had questions that would challenge the students to think critically.
each part of the lesson allowed the students to talk or discuss, either with me, in their group, or at least with a shoulder/elbow partner.
that I used visuals such as, pictures and examples.
at least two parts of my lesson plan allowed the students to move around.
that the students had a good hands-on activity.
I hope that this can help you when you begin creating your own lesson plan.
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Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:29 PM
Hi Andrea! I am also going to be a future educator. Some activities or ways to keep your students involved in the lesson is to have engaging, hands-on activities. These activities could also be partner or group work where they learn to collaborate and share ideas. Another one could be, have the students write down their reflection of the lesson or experiment. Then you could have them share with their peers or as a class. Good luck to you!
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Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:11 PM
I liked your contribution in ways to keep students involved in the lesson. I liked how you included reflecting because that is a very important skill that students should be exposed to and practice throughout school and their lives. Having students reflect on what they learned can help teacher know if students learned and how they will apply it to their everyday life. I also liked how you mentioned sharing their reflection/thoughts with their peers. Students putting what they learned into their own words help them remember and understand better and can also help others peers understand better. Students stay engaged when they discover on their own and understand through their own language and reflection can help teachers accomplish engagement.
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Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:10 PM
I see all the advice on hands on activities. As a future educator I'm eager to learn more activities for my kids to do and to make my classroom an exciting learning environment.
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Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:11 PM
I am a student teacher in a second grade class. From my observations and what I have seen in many classrooms, the way to engage students is by using hands-on activities, students really like lessons where they use manipulatives or even play games. Having engaging activities are great too. For example taking them outdoors when learning about shadows, the weather, living and non-living objects, and more. Showing interactive videos also work well. I have also noticed that having KWL charts or even anchor charts helps them become more engaged in a lesson, they are even helpful for students when they are doing their assignments.
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Yesterday, 11:44 AM
I am a future teacher as well. As I have been in the classrooms doing my student teaching and observing. I have noticed that when students are just repeating what teachers says, they seem disengaged and have a hard time retaining the content. I have seen when students have more hands on experience they stay engaged and do better at retaining the content. Allowing the students to participate in a lesson helps the students become part of the lesson. I noticed that students start taking ownership of the content. A wise professor once told me, "If the teacher is doing all the talking the teacher is doing all the thinking." Hands-on activities helps students engage critical thinking.
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