How to Make 2017 Your Students’ Best Year Yet

| Classroom Culture

Jan 16 2017

A new year means a fresh start, and that goes for your classroom lesson plans too. If you’re looking to make 2017 the best year yet for your students, consider implementing these strategies for keeping your students engaged every day.

Help Students Feel Competent

Students of all ages will be more engaged in daily classroom activities if they feel they are succeeding. To help foster this sense of competence in your students, build upon lesson plans slowly so that nobody falls behind. Have student demonstrate their abilities on a regular basis so that you can determine who is following and who may be falling behind. This way, you can adjust your lessons accordingly.

Make Every Lesson Meaningful

Be sure to connect with each of your students on a personal level so that you can make every lesson relevant to students’ personal experiences. When a student can apply classroom knowledge to real life situations, they will find more meaning and value in class and feel a greater desire to engage accordingly.

Give Students a Sense of Control

Another important factor to consider when trying to engage your students in classroom activities is that they need to feel in control of their own behaviors and goals. Welcome student opinions at all times, and be sure to use language that is positive and not controlling. Finally, take care to give every student the time they need to absorb knowledge. Every student learns at a different pace, and falling behind will not foster the sense of self control that your students desire.

Offer Collaborative Learning Opportunities

Students of all ages can learn a lot from their peers, so make sure you incorporate group projects and discussions into your classroom lifestyle. Be sure to show students the proper way to interact and behave in a group setting so that the classroom remains under control.

What are your tips for keeping students engaged and making 2017 the best year yet? Share them in the comments below!

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