Getting students engaged is probably one of the most difficult jobs for a teacher. Students may be influenced by the instant attention-grabbing entertainment available to them in the form of television and video games where they expect the same instant gratification when they go into the classroom. Sometimes teachers may have to modify their teaching style in order to relate and capture the attention of their students. Some ways that teachers can keep learning for students fun are:
1. Field Trips
Going on a field trip is a classic and yet great way to make learning come alive for students. Selecting a great location for a field trip that will play the dual role of providing learning and entertainment is key to engaging students. A science teacher who wants to teach students about the universe can do a field trip to one of several NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) locations across the U.S. where students can learn and participate in a fun activity such as watching a space shuttle launch.
2. Mock Game Show
Creating a mock game show especially if it’s derived from something popular on television will influence participation and keep learning fun for students. A teacher can play the role of the game show host and spilt the students into teams to be the contestants. Relatively inexpensive prizes such as a mp3 player or an iTunes gift card can be awarded.
3. Debate Teams
Having students participate in debates may encourage those who are normally shy about public speaking to come out of their shell. The key to getting participation from these students who refrain from class participation is to select topics that are widely popular among that age group. For high school students, popular topics include dating and being able to drive a car. Nearly all high school students will have an opinion about these topics and would be more willing to talk about things they are interested in.