Teaching is one of the most challenging professions in the world. However proficient a teacher may be at her/his subject, it takes a special brand of expertise to keep all the students in a classroom interested in a particular topic - especially since children are typically known to have shorter attention spans than adults. Research shows that, it is mentally taxing for children to sit still and concentrate on a particular task for long periods of time. In such a scenario, how can teachers command the attention of an entire class and keep them engrossed throughout the class hour?
Using relatable examples: Typically everyone does better at something they can relate to, on some level. A teacher can include real-life examples to make a boring subject captivating. An English literature class or a history class can be made more engaging by having the children enact its various characters amongst themselves. A math class can have problems based on everyday scenarios. This also helps the students retain the information for longer periods of time.
Constructive criticism and praise: Students in a classroom would have varied IQ levels. What one child understands in two minutes, may take around three tries for another student. Try not to berate slow learners. Instead, be patient and try to explain the topic in a different way. Teachers can opt to provide students with constructive criticism on areas that need reworking. If necessary, offer to stay after school hours for a one-on-one session with a weak student. Be quick to praise your students for the good work that they put in.
Different teaching styles: A classroom would consist of different kinds of learners. Some children learn better with puzzles while some others are visual learners. A few may learn better by listing points down while many are analytical learners who like to think things through. Modifying the style of teaching to make it more captivating for students with different mindsets is no mean feat. But as much as possible, try to incorporate different teaching methodologies, so that it would reach all student groups.
Passion and motivation: Teachers should adore the subject they teach. Passion is infectious and if the student feels that you love your subject, it will in turn, encourage them to perform better. Be sure to throw in interesting facts pertaining to the subject, which are not part of the syllabus. Additionally, a teacher should be a good motivator and coach to the students.
Being punctual: A teacher should make sure to begin and end the class on time. There should be time kept aside everyday for the students to ask questions and clear doubts. They should be organised with respect to their class work. This would help instill core values of punctuality and responsibility in them.
These are a few ways that can be incorporated in the classroom that would definitely increase the response of students. Additionally, do try to keep it simple. Crack a joke or two. Everyone, regardless of their age, responds well to humour.
Please share your views here https://www.facebook.com/oneindiaeducation