Before we jump into a solution as to how to have an interactive class let’s learn of its importance. We are part of a ‘strawberry generation’ who dwell on the idea of individualism. It comes with both its pros and cons and therefore, it is not our role as teachers to put forth our ideologies onto our class hence, we ought to learn to adapt and adjust attitudes that best suit the students. It’s all about connecting with the class individualistically yet staying professional. A class is an environment for learning and it is left up to the teacher to bring out the best from these students.
We live in an information age and the information changes almost daily. Organizations change, facts change, discoveries are made, methods become outdated, what was true yesterday may be untrue today or worse yet irrelevant. Therefore, sticking to old methods and being set in our ways as teachers aren’t going to take us far. Just like the boring old lecture methods. Below are the top most effective strategies for having an interactive class. Implement them one step at any time and watch the change it would make in your classrooms teaching-learning process.
Let’s look at the best teaching strategies to keep a class interactive
1. Presentations, audio and visual aids
With the constant exposure to screens, students tend to lack interest in regular classes that have adopted the lecture method. We are quite aware that we as teachers would like to give students a little time away from the screens in the classroom but let that be the parent’s responsibility to cut down on a little entertainment and use technology to our advantage. Students have responded quite well to audio and visual methods of teaching. It assists in better learning and understanding. This method of teaching suits students with various learning abilities. It could be a bit time consuming preparing these presentations, but it pays off as one of the most effective teaching methods by far.
2. Mind maps
Although many of us as students have made mind maps to remember the content that had to be learned and we know it has been effective, but it was never encouraged in a classroom back then. People in the education field have realized its effect and are slowly beginning to implement it in their classrooms. In the gradual progression of a lesson draw mind maps on the board in relevance to the topic of discussion and watch the students grasp concepts like they never had before. Students can contribute to complete the mind map instead of having the teacher feed them all the answers.
3. Think, pair and share
Give the students an analytical question based on the lesson that is currently being studied. Pair students up. Make sure while you do so there should be absolutely no room for discrimination based on the students’ academic performance. Grouping students based on academic performance is the first step to demotivating the average and lower performers in the class. This strategy allows students to think outside the box and speak their minds out loud being free of judgments. The progress over a period of time is drastic. You will find quiet students opening up with ideas and that they are more verbal and less afraid of making mistakes.
How often did we as students get a chance to have an opinion about anything? Be it political affairs or generic ideas. Debates are a way of allowing students to develop their own ideas on concepts and this also gives them a chance to voice out their opinions and better yet have reasons to validate their choice. Fitting in a session or two as a part of the lesson allows students to learn better and participate holistically.
5. Show and Tell
his strategy had has been an age-old concept that had been initially adopted in the West, and has gradually made its way to our classrooms. Giving students a live presentation always has a way of registering in students mind and this method is best used to at the point of introducing a new topic. Students are excited to learn as well as have a fun period.
Interactive classes are the best methods of teaching be it with technology or without. Both the teacher and the student have expressed fulfilment after an interactive class. Present days students do not want to be given a load of information on a subject as the internet hands it to them already. It is our responsibility as teachers to facilitate and usher students in the right direction in terms of education. Why don’t you try to include a few of the above-mentioned methods in keeping the class interactive?
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Interactive classes are the best methods of teaching, be it with technology or without. Both the teacher and the student have expressed fulfilment after an interactive class. Present days students do not want to be given a load of information on a subject as the internet hands it to them already. It is our responsibility as teachers to facilitate and usher students in the right direction in terms of education.
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