A problem that teachers often face in the classroom is engaging restless students. Some students are restless all the time, while others may become restless on a less regular basis. It is essential that students engage in their lessons so that they will be able to learn and reach their full potential. Therefore, it is part of a teachers role to engage their students in lessons. The teacher may be required to use a variety of different teaching methods and activities to ensure that their students are engaged in their learning at all times. Here are some tips for teachers on how to engage restless students in lessons.
Break the lessons down
It can be more problematic for teachers to engage their students if the tasks that they set are long and tedious. Therefore, one of the best ways to engage their students is to break down a lesson in smaller, more manageable parts. This should consist of various different tasks, all of which relate to the topic in hand, but that also vary in activity type and difficulty level.
By alternating between fun activities and academic activities, or switching from a visual task to a kinesthetic one, students are more likely to engage in lessons. They are also more likely to enjoy the lesson as their interest will be kept by the changes from each type of activity.
Get to know your students
Each student is an individual. Part of this individuality is their learning styles. This is the way that students learn. Learning styles can roughly be divided into three different categories; visual, auditory and kinesthetic. By getting to know your students, you will know where their strengths and weaknesses lie and which activities are most likely to engage them in their lessons.
Modern technology is now an integral part of day-to-day life for many young people. This is something that they can relate to and engage in. Incorporating technology into lessons is likely to maintain their interest to a greater degree than taking written notes in a book. The use of computers, the Internet, overhead projectors, interactive whiteboards and media are all likely to be effective in engaging students in their lessons.
Use peer teaching
Students often like working in groups with their peers. If possible, encourage learning activities that draw on the strengths of different members of the group by using peer teaching in your lessons. Children can work in groups on a topic and then make a presentation to the class.
Engaging students in lessons is vital in ensuring that they reach their full potential in school. It is important that the teacher uses different techniques in their teaching so that all children, even the restless ones, are fully engaged. By breaking down lessons into smaller tasks, using technology, peer teaching, incorporating technology, knowing their students and varying activities, students are more likely to be fully engaged in lessons.