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I’ve made it my mission to help beginning teachers with their classroom management through effective resources, activities, and lessons. And while I’ve shared with you a variety of ways to manage your classroom, the secret to classroom management is student engagement.
When I was a young teacher, I believed two things about student engagement: kids would automatically be interested in what I was teaching and the role was on the kids, not the teacher. Well, I turned out to be wrong! I realized that if I wanted my students to be engaged, I needed to ignite their spark of curiosity for learning.
In last week’s episode, I started this series on sharing ideas for creative strategies for ultimate student engagement, and in today’s episode, I’m going to continue with more ideas surrounded by one overarching idea: student-led lessons. Now, this doesn’t mean you hand over your classroom to students for the day, but small parts of a lesson that increases student empowerment and reinforcement of behaviors.
Student-led lessons and peer teaching are so incredibly powerful, for they help mitigate games in learning, aid in differentiation of support, and cement understanding of concepts for students. Since this idea might be new, I provide seven examples of how to effectively use this in your classroom that ultimately increases student engagement.
With no materials, these creative strategies for student engagement rely on their peers, personal interests, and connections from school to their personal lives to keep them active and involved in the lesson. Additionally, these strategies offer a different way of thinking about how you can approach content and getting students involved and engaged in your lessons through focused conversations.
Want more classroom management strategies for student engagement? Make sure you join The Classroom Management Club! Specifically related to this series, inside the club, I give you a free teacher cheat sheet of 50 creative student engagement strategies at your fingertips. Additionally, there’s over 70 resources, trainings, and support from other teachers that are a community that cheers you on as you succeed in the classroom.
I hope this information is helpful as you prepare for your first, second, or third year of teaching. Until next time, remember, just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one.
Dr. Lori Friesen | Beginning Teacher Mentor
Creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, Dr. Lori Friesen has mentored thousands of beginning teachers across the country through her workshops and courses. Host of the popular podcast, Beginning Teacher Talk, and creator of the innovative literacy program for 1st and 2nd grade, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at drlorifriesen.com and at howdogshelpkids.com.
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