For the last couple of years, many teachers have needed to teach both online and in brick-and-mortar schools. Some teaching methods that work well in a physical classroom setting don’t transfer easily to an online learning environment. And of course, every teacher wants to interest their students in the topic of the lessons. So, how can you take what works in the classroom and make it work online?
Tips for an Engaging Lesson
Here are some basic recommendations:
1. Start with a motivating activity or video
This can be something as simple as an attention-grabbing opening question or a short clip from a movie that relates to the lesson topic. Remember, that you can create your own images or presentation on any topic, be it a narrative arc or some historical event. You can also ask your students to vote on a topic or do a quick activity to get them thinking about the lesson. This could be something like a short quiz or a poll.
2. Make sure your students have a clear understanding of the learning objective
This is probably the most important thing because if students don’t know what they’re supposed to be learning, they won’t be engaged. State the topic at the beginning of the lesson. You can also share a short plan of what awaits your students during the lessons so that they better understand you.
3. Use a mix of different types of activities
If all you do is lecture, your students will tune out. Use a mix of activities such as discussions, polls, quizzes, and so on.
4. Get your students involved in the lesson
Ask questions frequently and encourage students to ask their own questions. This will help them stay engaged in the lesson.
5. Make sure your lesson is well-organized
A well-organized lesson will keep your students on track and focused. Use headings, subheadings, and bullet points to break up the text and make it easy to comprehend.
7. Make sure the lesson is interactive
This doesn’t mean that you need to have your students up and moving around the room. But you should include activities that require them to do more than just listen to you talk.
8. Use visuals
Visuals are a great way to engage your students. Use pictures, infographics, charts, and videos to break up the text and add interest.
9. End with a summary or review
A summary or review will help your students remember what they’ve learned. You can also ask your students to share what they found most interesting or helpful about the lesson.
Use these tips to create engaging digital lessons that will keep your students motivated and interested in learning.
It can be easy to get bogged down in the negative when you’re trying to engage your students. But it’s important to remember that, just like in a physical classroom setting, students will respond better to a positive and enthusiastic teacher. So, try to keep your tone positive and upbeat throughout the lesson.
Of course, you can use jokes and humor to engage your students. Just make sure that the jokes are appropriate and don’t take away from the learning objective of the lesson. Moreover, you can react to what is happening in the class in a positive way. For example, if a student makes a mistake, you can say something like, “That’s okay, everyone makes mistakes. The important thing is that you learn from them.”
In order to engage your students, you need to encourage them to participate in the lesson. This means that you should ask questions frequently and give your students opportunities to answer. You can also ask your students to share their own ideas and thoughts on the topic. For example, you can start a discussion by asking a question like, “What do you think about…?” or “How would you feel if…?”
Moreover, you can encourage your students to participate in activities such as polls and quizzes. These activities will not only engage your students, but they will also help you to assess your students’ understanding of the material.
Digital lessons can be a great way to engage your students. Just remember to keep the tips above in mind when you’re creating your lesson. If you do, you’ll be sure to create an engaging and enjoyable learning experience for your students.