Increasing children’s engagement in the learning process has great value not only to their immediate education but also to fostering an ongoing appreciation for developing their knowledge and skills. That is because when learners engage in an activity with more than just a surface-level effort, they will be more inclined to comprehend the lesson and work on mastering the skill or knowledge that the activity encourages. To help you out, here are five lesson-planning ideas for engaging learners. These ideas will help them get the most value out of the learning process.
Encourage learners to collaborate
One of the best ways to encourage learner engagement is through collaborative activities and learning. When children participate in collaborative learning, they develop a connection with the subject and the others collaborating with them. It also helps the children develop positive behaviours and improve their communication skills in a group setting. That will enhance future group activities’ effectiveness and give them the confidence to participate more actively and often. Some ideas for doing this are to include them in groups of varying abilities and give feedback on them individually and as a group. This feedback will help them learn to evaluate themselves and their performance and learn to work with others more effectively.
Help the learners self-evaluate
That brings us to our next point, which is about self-evaluation. A great way to help engage young learners is to help learners understand that competence comes from a constant assessment of their ability to complete a task. That means that as learners successfully complete activities related to a subject, it will have a favourable influence on their engagement with subsequent related tasks. And as they learn to self-evaluate, they will better understand the topic and their capabilities. Not only does this encourage them to participate more, but it also encourages self-reflection and develops their critical thinking.
Relevant and meaningful material
A vital point to remember is that learners must believe that activities have a purpose. By seeing why the learning matters, they will be better able to engage properly with the subject. Students might not feel that a learning activity matters or has any value, leading them to either not actively participate or do so half-heartedly. To counter this, we can relate the learning process to real experiences and demonstrate the significance of an assigned activity in relevant ways to the students. Additionally, these real-world examples can help highlight the benefits of a particular activity and its real-world applications to emphasise how they can benefit from it.
Another excellent way to encourage children to engage with their learning is to help them self-motivate and learn independently. This support can help foster the learners’ sense of agency over their actions and encourage them to learn for themselves. Their involvement is likely to rise when they have more control over what and how they learn. Instead of encouraging obedience to orders and instructions, allowing the students to learn at their own pace will motivate them more. Encourage them to share their opinions on what they want to learn and to ask questions. Another thing you can do is to allow them the time to comprehend and fully engage in an activity rather than rushing them to keep up with others.
Teach them to learn for themselves
And lastly, teaching learners to have self-motivation can have a significant impact on whether or not children fully engage in learning activities. Children are far more likely to engage thoroughly in an activity when motivated to learn and understand it than to get a good grade, please their parents or teachers, or outperform others. By encouraging them to develop and improve for themselves rather than for other reasons, you will find that the children are more willing to engage with their learning and invest more effort into their lessons. This drive to better themselves will lead the children to seek out new knowledge and ask questions leading to significant growth and learning.
Engaging learners in the learning process is crucial for their immediate education and fostering an ongoing appreciation for developing their knowledge and skills. These five lesson-planning ideas for engaging learners are just some ways to make the learning process more fulfilling and effective. Techniques such as these will encourage engagement, help the learners get the most value out of the learning process, and help them become life-long learners and critical thinkers.