There are only so many times you can say “Johnny, stop hitting your sister” before it feels like banging your head against a wall. The same goes for teaching – there’s only so many times you can teach the same material before it feels like groundhog day. Here are 5 ways to mix things up in your classroom and keep things fresh.
Have a plan – know what you’re going to say before you say it.
This will help you stay on track and avoid getting sidetracked. If you’re well-prepared, you’ll be able to keep the lesson moving forward and avoid any awkward pauses.
Be aware of your audience – make sure you’re speaking to your students in a way that they can understand.
Use language that they’re familiar with, and avoid using jargon. If you can keep your students engaged, they’re more likely to pay attention and retain the information.
Make it interactive – instead of just lecturing to your students, try to involve them in the lesson.
Ask questions, get them to participate in activities, and give them opportunities to practice what they’re learning.
Be enthusiastic – if you’re not excited about the material, your students probably won’t be either.
Show them that you’re passionate about what you’re teaching, and they’ll be more likely to catch your enthusiasm. Keep it fresh – mix things up from time to time, and keep your students on their toes.
Make it relevant – connect the material to real life, and show your students how it can be applied in the real world.
This will help them see the value in what they’re learning, and make it more interesting to them.
There are many different ways to teach the same thing, so find one that works best for you and your students. These are just a few ideas to help you keep things fresh in your classroom. If you have any other suggestionsBe sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and join your fellow educators on the Eduk8me email list!