In this handy guide, we’ve shared how teachers can guide students to improve their grades and develop their skills. Of course, there needs to be motivation for students to achieve academic success, but if you implement strong principles in your lesson plans, you will set students on the right path. The following five strategies will foster a more nurturing learning environment.
First, how can teachers help students be successful if they don’t show them how to build productive habits? Without a classroom routine, it’s easy to get sidetracked and lose focus. To foster more discipline, we recommend designing a morning routine for the first 5 minutes of class. This may include roll call, taking out a pen and paper, and sitting quietly for the lesson to start. You might also engage students with a word or math puzzle on the whiteboard, so they focus on the task at hand and compete to solve the problem.
We all learn in different ways. Around 30% of us are visual learners, 25% are auditory, 15% are kinesthetic (i.e. touch, movement), and 30% are a mix. Teachers should take their students’ learning styles into account when designing lessons and activities, so that they’re as effective as possible. If you’re not sure about your students’ learning styles, find activities that incorporate visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning to cover all your bases.
Likewise, it’s important to vary your lecture delivery, worksheets, games, and other teaching tools so they don’t become predictable. How can teachers help students be successful if they’re falling asleep in their desks? Variety is the spice of life, and this is definitely true for teaching. For example, if your typical 60 minute class is broken down into a 30 minute lecture, 20 minute practice activity, and 10 minute game, try varying it up! Get students more involved at every stage of the lesson, add a few surprises, and you’ll stave away boredom.
School doesn’t always have to be serious. Without adding humor and levity to the mix, students will lose interest in the subject matter. Teachers should develop a rapport with their students, so they can enjoy some banter without derailing the class. Humor is the glue that bonds a classroom together, and students respect teachers that make the extra effort to connect. By making learning fun, you’ll provide motivation for students to achieve academic success.
Finally, don’t be afraid to set a high standard in your classroom. Goals should be challenging but achievable, so that you push students to be their very best. Along the way, you should provide as much encouragement and praise as possible, so that students feel empowered.