Caleb Gattegno, an expert on the teaching/learning paradigm, captured these roles perfectly, "it's the students' job to learn the language; it's the teacher's job to learn the students." Thus, while the learners must do their own learning, the facilitator of that process is the teacher. Effective teachers understand how to facilitate learning through engaging the whole of the learner.
One of the key components to successful teaching is actively engaging the learner in the learning process. No matter what the subject of the class may be or who the student body is, Effective learning happens through engagement. Effective teachers understand how to keep students engaged in a variety of ways throughout their lessons. Actively Engaging students is not to say that teachers take on the responsibility of learning for the students; both teacher and learner have their distinctive roles.
There are many benefits to engaging our students
Apart from the fact that paying attention is a prerequisite to learning, there are many other benefits to engaging our students:
How do we actively engage our students in my lessons?
Here are 6 easy tips to keep in mind when considering how to engage your students:
Energize everyone: If we are physically present, our minds are more apt to be awake as well. There are many ways to energize the class through the use of using manipulatives, music, and movement. When we involve the whole of the learner we energize the body, mind, and spirit.
Necessitate participation: As teachers, we should never do for the students what they can do for themselves. This includes everything from students passing out materials to students asking and answering the questions. The more we allow students to do their own work, the more they stay engaged.
Assess at every step: The more we get from them, the more attention they pay. Random, verbal and non-verbal assessments recycle key points and encourage participation. Trying to find out what students know helps them build confidence and helps us keep them in the center of the class.
Generate connections: Students need to sense a connection between the content of their world and the world of academia. Personalizing content, building background, and explaining the task's purpose are all ways we generate those connections. Connecting students to what they are doing and why encourages engagement.