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The Five Most Effective Engaging-Attention Hacks Every Teacher Should Know

The Five Most Effective Engaging-Attention Hacks Every Teacher Should Know

Today, the best books and reading materials are not enough to teach students how to learn and work hard if they lack motivation. Both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation is pivotal to any student’s success. However, this is never easy to achieve.

In many schools, there are teachers who have a good mastery of their subjects but struggle to connect with their students.

The secret to success is engagement and motivation. The main question is, “What are the best methods for enhancing engagement?” This article outlines five effective engaging-attention hacks that teachers should use.

Address Different Student’s Needs

One thing that teachers need to appreciate about pupils, just like adults, is that they have physical and psychological needs for belonging, order, security, love, freedom, and novelty. These needs were successfully defined in three essential principles that a teacher can implement in the studying process to meet their students’ needs. It follows that you should address students differently as every child has their own strengths and weaknesses. Some of them could express themselves well through writing, some are more likely to make a visual presentation, and others are more likely to perform a speech. It’s crucial to help students recognize their strengths and explain to them that it is unrealistic to expect to be equally good at everything.

When a teacher works closely with students to identify and develop their strengths then his or her students will feel a strong bond. They will want to be closer to the teacher and share more about their lives. Therefore, they will be more attentive in class and actively engaged by asking questions about areas they find difficult. Learning will become a joy and students will look forward to the next class.

Connecting what is being taught to real life

One of the most effective strategies for keeping students engaged is ensuring what is being taught connects to their real lives. Here are some ways that can be accomplished:

  • Select culturally relevant study materials: When lessons are based on students’ cultures, then students feel more engaged. National Council of Teachers builds upon this idea. To identify different cultural interests, teachers can conduct a small survey. For example, a teacher could ask about her students’ traditions or family customs. Then, this information can be used for lesson planning.
  • Use everyday examples: Instead of teaching subjects such as mathematics, disease prevention, and finances using complex examples in the abstract, it is better to link them to common daily activities. For example, you could teach writing by having students write holiday cards to their friends and family.

Focus on collaboration

Collaboration is so important for academic success and success in life beyond school. Moreover, students generally enjoy working with peers.

In class, collaboration helps students practice following rules that they are expected to adhere to. For example, pupils should be taught how to get their teacher’s attention without causing a disruption.

When dealing with academic projects, teachers should also assist students to collaborate until the end of the project. Here are some collaboration tips to help learners stay engaged in their projects: ·

  • All pupils should be involved from the beginning of the project.
  • The roles of every team member should be clearly defined.
  • The entire group should be involved in reviewing the project together before submission.

Develop a sense of order in the classroom

When students go to class, they want to know that their teacher knows the content and how to manage the classroom. The teacher has the responsibility of guiding his students’ academic and behavioral expectations. When the students’ expectations are clear, they will follow the rules to achieve them. This is crucial to helping them advance to the next level.

Another method of creating order is teaching students how to follow procedures. Here are some of the behaviors that when developed can help create a sense of order in the classroom.

  • Arriving in time for classes
  • Seeking the teacher’s attention without causing disruption
  • Following up on missed assignments and making up for them
  • Participating in all group-based activities both in class

Use the Pupil’s Interests and Fascinations

If an instructor can find out what her students are passionate about, the Washington Center for Teaching and Learning posits that she can use it to increase engagement. Whether a student has one or several areas of interest, they can be used to make the lesson more motivational. A classic example is using baseball or basketball to teach statistics to students who love to play sports.

  1. Literacy: Teachers should allow students to read what they’re interested in. This is possibly the greatest motivator to read more.
  2. History: A teacher should look for creative ways to teach standards-based content by framing it in a way that excites pupils. Look at the following example. In a history class, a trainer can use Super Friends’ animation cartoon characters to demonstrate the United States roles in the UN and its relationship to other nations.
  3. Mathematics: To make students more engaged in mathematics lessons, a teacher can ask them to generate patterns relating to their areas of interest.

To be successful in the teaching profession, it is important to win students’ hearts and minds and ensure they are motivated. Though many teachers are experts in their areas of specialization, gaining the student’s engagement is never easy. However, teachers can win the interest of students by getting involved with them at different levels.

By applying the outlined five strategies, you can look at your students broadly to understand their needs. Then, you can creatively and systematically help them to get more engaged.

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