Activities for the Classroom!
Jul 22, 2013 Classroom Materials 1900 Views
Teachers are sometimes tempted into making easy lesson plans because they find it so hard to control a classroom, but by creating more creative and innovative lesson plan students are far more likely to become engaged and be better behaved than if they are bored with the same repetitive teaching techniques. Here are some ideas of how teachers can make their classes more fun and engaging for their students,
· Group Work- Dividing the class into individual groups is a great way of promoting team work within the classroom. This is an essential skill for later life when entering onto the career paths that they choose.
By assigning each group a specific task or topic to research they will also refine their research skills and then when they present it to the class as a group they will be gaining confidence in speaking in front of others as well as learning from their class mates when they give similar presentations.
This is a great way of getting students thinking for themselves and bouncing ideas of each other rather than purely relying on the teacher to tell them the answers. The teacher should be a support to learning and more of a guide than purely an instructor.
· Coloured Card Games- There is really no rule to this activity as you can apply it to almost anything you are trying to teach. The idea being to create a set of different coloured cards, laminate them and provide wipe-able pens for the students to write on the cards. (This way the cards can be re-used again and again) With these tools students can place relevant facts or sentences onto the correct coloured card with regard to what they are learning in school that day.
Using coloured cards to explain something can suddenly make it clearer in their mind if they had previously been confused by the concept as it breaks it into its basic elements and then can be placed back together so students see how a concept works for themselves without just accepting what they are told by their teacher.
· Choice - Keeping control of a classroom is important, but giving some choices to students in the way they learn is a great way to accommodate to everyone. When instructing the class to do a particular activity and to make notes for example, give the students the choice to make those notes in whatever way they believe will help them best.
For some, this might be by creating little drawings instead of writing notes, creating a table or a spider diagram, or simply using different coloured pens and pencils for different sentences so the notes are easier to read when it comes to looking at them for revision purposes.