Education simplifies a strategic, formal and systematic intent to cause learning. When we think about student engagement in learning activities, it is often suitable to understand the engagement with an activity as being represented by a good behavior, positive feeling and most importantly student thinking. According to many psychologists, the attention span of any typical student is about 10 to 15 minutes long. And we all know that if kids do not understand what’s going on then they will find something else that interests them.
School exams like ICSE and CBSE are very important for a student’s future so they should stay attentive in their studies. Here are 5 strategies that can be followed to actively engage students and help them feel personally connected with learning.
Real life examples
One of the easiest ways to make students feel personally connected to the subject they are being taught is to talk about how they can apply the concepts in real life. To gain full engagement of a student, it is important that students find the activities meaningful and interesting. Real life examples can be given for topics such as the formation of a rainbow, propagation of sound, projectile motion etc.
Establish a sense of competence
The thought of competence can be understood as a student’s current personal evaluation of whether they can thrive in a learning activity or a challenge. Many activities can strengthen a student’s sense of competence in learning activities. Like making students demonstrate the understanding through activity or including feedback that helps students to make progress.
Use students interest and fascinations
If we find out what students are interested and passionate about, then we can use those interests as natural motivators to increase engagement. Whether a student is focused on one thing or has a few areas of interest, there are many simple strategies we can use to engage them in learning activities. For example, if a student is interested in maths we can ask him or her to draw the diagram or pattern that relates to his or her particular area of interest.
Questions and answers
When it comes to curiosity, it is the question that engages the students and not the answer. The answer should reward the student’s hard work because it is the solving that makes the result more satisfying and exciting. Curiosity starts the journey and motivates a student to keep going, no matter how hard the path.
Students can learn and use special phrases that can help them remember certain information. For example, students learning the Periodic Table can remember the elements “He Li Be B C N O F Ne” using the following mnemonics:
Here Lies Benjamin Bones. Cry Not Oh Friend Needlessly.
This strategy can also help students in learning vocabulary. For example, a student can learn the scientific name of frog which is ‘Ranidae’ using the word ‘rain’ as a keyword imagining a picture of a Frog sitting in a rain.