We incorporate Mystery into our Lessons
Learning may be the most fun for your students when they don’t know what to expect. We try to incorporate a sense of surprise and mystery into our lessons. When we’re about to unveil a new lesson, we give students a new clue each day up until the last day before the start of the lesson. This is a fun way to make your lesson mysterious and exciting, and we may find that our students are actually looking forward to finding out what they’ll be learning about next.
We don’t Repeat Classroom Material
It’s appropriate and essential to review classroom material, but our teachers try not to repeat it verbatim because this can make it less interesting for students. Every time we need to review material, we try playing a review game during which we present the information in a way that’s different from the first time we taught the students.
We create Classroom Games
Whether you’re 5 or 25, playing a game can be fun. Games are also a great way to keep lessons interesting. If our students need to remember their spelling words, we conduct a spelling bee—a contest in which participants are eliminated when they misspell a word. Or if the students need to practice math, have a math bee, which is similar to a spelling bee, but with math problems or facts instead of spelling words. Games make learning fun, and games in class are a prescription for happy kids.
We give our Students Choices
One strategy that teachers have found to be effective is offering their students the ability to make their own choices when it comes to learning. Choice can be a powerful motivator because it helps to foster student interest and independence. When we’re planning an activity, we make a choice board. We print out a tic-tac-toe board and write down nine different tasks for students to complete. The goal is for each student to choose three tasks in a row.
We use Technology
Technology is a great way to keep your lessons interesting. Children love electronics, so try incorporating them into your overall teaching strategy. Instead of standing in front of the room and lecturing, our teachers try using a Smartboard interactive display. We expand our cooperative learning activity lessons by connecting to a classroom in another city or country via videoconferencing. We use technology in a variety of ways and we see the interest level in classes increase by leaps and bounds.
Our Teachers make their Lessons Interactive
In a traditional classroom, the teacher stands in front of the room and lectures the students as the students listen and take notes. Unfortunately, this is not the most effective way to hold students’ interest. So, we make our online learning interactive and effective by creating hands-on lessons that involve students every step of the way and try using the cooperative learning activity in which each student is responsible for his or her activity. When we involve students and make our lessons interactive, our class becomes more interesting.
We relate Material to our Students’ Lives
We try to create a real-world connection to what our students are learning. This will give them a better understanding of why they need to learn what we’re teaching. If they’re constantly asking you why they need to learn something and you’re always answering with “because,” you will soon lose credibility. Instead, we try giving them a real answer such as, “You’re learning about money because, in the real world, you’ll need to know how to buy food and pay your bills.” By giving a straightforward answer, you’re helping them make a connection between