For effective teaching and learning, having interactive classrooms is very important. Only teachers speaking in the classes and students sitting as mere listeners won’t contribute to teachers’ and students’ growth. Therefore interactions related to academics, or on any general important topics are important. Interactions in a classroom are of two types are
- Teacher-student interaction
- Student-student interaction
The exchange of ideas, knowledge, and opinions is important for both teachers and students. This helps teachers to teach students effectively, see how well they are understanding, and take necessary steps for improvement. Students’ communication skills and academic performance are also enhanced this way. Let us discuss some effective tips that teachers can follow to have more interactive classes.
Tips for teachers to have more interactive classes
1. Use technology to teach
Today’s kids are highly attracted to technology so using the same in the classroom will surely work to enhance their interactions. By using online teaching apps and sites teachers can access several audiovisual tools like educational videos, modules, demonstrations, picture cards, PowerPoint presentations, and more. With the help of visualization, students tend to understand the concepts better and quicker. This enhances their engagement in the class.
2. Ask students to attend the classes regularly
By being irregular to the classes, students not only miss the topics being taught on that particular day but also their further understanding is also affected. To avoid this, the students can take up the online courses as many teachers sell courses online. The continuous flow of learning breaks affects students’ class performance and interaction. Ask your students to maintain regularity and punctuality in the classes. By using an attendance management software, keep digital records of students’ attendance and try your best to avoid absenteeism.
3. Practice collaborative activities
To foster student-to-student interaction, teachers should have collaborative activities in the class. By using a school ERP, teachers can plan to conduct a variety of interesting collaborative activities in the classroom. The collaboration will help students to listen to each other, share ideas, think critically and come to the right conclusion to achieve the common goal.
This will enhance their active listening, communication, and problem-solving skills. For instance, talking about how to promote your business on social media will increase their knowledge on the subject. Brainstorming is also a type of collaboration where students give ideas regarding how to solve a particular problem. Some other examples are group discussions, group projects, model making, pairing and presentations, etc.
4. Tell students to come to the classes prepared
To have interactive classes, students’ self-effort plays a significant role. Only depending on the classroom, learning won’t be enough. When students don’t study, revise and read the content at home, they come to the classes unprepared. Because of the lack of revision of the previous lessons, further understanding and interaction both are affected. To overcome this problem, teachers must ask students to come to the classes prepared. Tell them not to pile up the studies and must learn in smaller portions every day.
5. Make students feel safe and secure in the class.
Many students don’t interact or speak up in the class, because of fear and lack of security. Students feel that if they speak something incorrectly, they might be judged, scolded, or joked off by other students. These are some wrong assumptions that must be removed from students’ minds. To do so, teachers must work to create a safe and secure class environment. Set a code of conduct, ask all students to mutually respect each other, and never interrupt when one is speaking up in the class. Treat students with patience and affection. This will make them feel comfortable, safe, and valued.
6. Ensure doubt resolution
To be an active participant in the class, and interact with all well, having a proper clarity of mind is important. In the classroom, most of the time discussions are based on academic topics only. Sometimes when the lessons or topics being taught are complex, students face understanding issues.
Have doubts and queries in common with many students. All teachers to foster their interactions with students must ensure proper doubt resolution. Allow students to raise doubts and questions. Try to answer each one of them in detail. This will help students to understand well, and later share their ideas and knowledge in the classroom discussions.
For quality teaching and learning, having interactions between teachers and students is very important. By following the above-mentioned tips, teachers can have more interactive classes. This will help teachers to become successful in their profession. Students’ class performance and exam results will also be enhanced. This will contribute to students’ professional development as well.