While there are many things in school administration and districts overall that are out of teachers' or students' control, there are still ways to impact students positively through classroom content.
Lesson design strategy and creating dynamic, engaging content is key in keeping students engaged in learning. Not only can dynamic content keep them engaged, but it can help create a pattern of learning for students to apply the rest of their lives.
Teachers must create lessons that develop self-directed learners who can adapt and work effectively in teams as well.
Dynamic lesson design must include a framework for promoting critical thinking, collaboration, and also support a standards-based curriculum.
Teachers must create meaning with content so students understand why it's important to learn the content and how it applies to their lives outside of the classroom as well as inside the classroom.
Part of the Quantum Learning model is to make content more meaningful and relevant in students' lives. As teachers create dynamic content there is also a pattern of greater achievement in the classroom. Dynamic content drives those "aha" moments of discovery to both teachers and their students.
Teachers who present their content in a dynamic way help energize students in the classroom. Here are some tips for enrolling students in the classroom to be excited about what they are learning and participatory in the experience:
1. Start your class with a brain teaser, puzzle, joke or riddle that is connected to the day's content.
2. Use music from current shows such as Jeopardy, Survivor, Glee that will capture their attention.
3. Wear or carry a prop (can be silly or serious) to introduce a new topic.
4. Open a new lesson by asking an interesting question that most of the students or teachers can relate to or answer "yes" to like, "How many of you have seen a really scary movie?"
5. Stop a lecture to play a game that livens the atmosphere and gives the brain a short break and burst of energy.
All of these are ways to keep your classroom lively, engaged and focused. Students are dynamic and your content should be as well!