As a teacher, irrespective of your academic level, your chief priority is to ensure that all your students are carried along with your lesson. Teaching is not all about delivering a well-constructed lesson with polished grammar and an impressive lexicon. It is about impacting knowledge and understanding to your students. Every teacher wants to teach and if any students do not understanding the subject matter your teaching, you feel as if you’re failing them.
The Ideal teaching method, either in the school, a seminar, or a training program either official or non-official, the result of the class is to have your students prove that you have achieved the objective of the course. The objectives may be acquiring knowledge or developing certain skills that is related to the course.
A nightmare faced by many teachers is that they competently deliver their lessons in a nice and organised way, but somehow they failed to engage their students in the discussion. In such a class, there will be some students who, though they were present, will not gain any knowledge.
STRATEGIES TO ENGAGE ALL YOUR STUDENTS
An experience teacher will know that learning does not take place in the lecture theatre or classroom, but in the mind of the students. Effective learning occurs as a result of a prepared and an engaged mind. If you want to engage all the students in your class, you need to focus on capturing the mind of your students so that they will be connected. The truth is, captivating the mind of all your students does not and cannot happen automatically unless you adopt some strategies. Some of these strategies, not limited to, are discussed below;
Have In-Depth Knowledge of the Course
Students love to be taught by teachers who are confidence in the field. How does that confidence come? It’s by having in depth knowledge of the course you want to teach. You should be able to provide relevant information on the subject matter if you arouse the interest of your class towards your lesson. So, ensure you do your research well and know more about the course before you come to teach your students. Taking advantage of the internet to research more facts about the subject beforehand is essential for many multi discipline/subject teachers.
Teach From Experience
It is often said, “Experience is the best teacher” and indeed, no teacher can teach better than from experience. You can’t give what you don’t have. Share your experience with your students and also cite examples, it will make them want to hear more from you. One thing to keep in mind when sharing your stories is that it should be related to the subject you are teaching and that it should not be too long so that the class will not be bored with your story. Be careful not to over do it.
Give Room for Questions and Answers
The most important aspect of any class is the discussion time. In this period, students are allowed to make their contribution to the topic or ask questions on any part of the subject that they did not fully understand. If the students seems to have no contribution or question, you as their teacher can put forth questions to them and allow enough time for everyone in the class to give his or her answer. Not only will all your students be carried along with the lecture, it will also improve the comprehension the students have about the subject. The problem here is that some of the students may not want to contribute to the discussion because of their shyness.
Conclusively, you can organise a short puzzle or a game on the subject, divide the class into groups and give them work to do, organize a short test for them, as well as provide immediate feedback for them.