Increasing Student Engagement: Strategies & Ideas

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  • 0:03 Student Engagement
  • 0:38 Student-Centered Environment
  • 2:54 Think Outside the Box
  • 3:40 Reciprocal Teaching
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Instructor: Marquis Grant
This lesson highlights ways in which you can increase and maintain student engagement in your classroom. It explores group work, hands-on activities and other possible features of a student-centered environment.

Student Engagement

Many teachers complain about lack of student motivation in the classroom. As a teacher, you might need ideas and strategies that will motivate your students to want to learn. There are several ways you can get your students to become actively involved in the classroom. First, you can make the learning process more about the students and less about you as the teacher. Second, you might want to think outside the box to make your lessons more interesting for your students. Third, give students a chance to walk a mile in your shoes. Letting them take on the role of teacher will allow them to demonstrate what they have learned in reverse.

Student-Centered Environment

A student-centered environment is one in which teaching and learning is centered around the students. Whole group instruction is kept to a minimum so that students don't become bored and lose interest in the instruction. Sometimes, as the teacher, you need to spend time in front of the classroom delivering lessons, but students probably won't remain engaged if you're spending too much time in front of the class. Children have very short attention spans, so your lesson delivery should really only be about ten minutes. The rest of the time should be spent on activities that allow your students to apply what they've learned. Let's look at a few examples.

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