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Posted on February 20, 2019 12:38 am
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Simone Haddad
Simone Haddad
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Engaging High School Students
I am teaching in a High School learning strategies for my internship this semester and many of the morning class students, are not engaged in the content that we are teaching them. It is a struggle to get them to keep their heads up and engaged in the lesson, and even though I have tried to incorporate participation points, questioning, etc. they just do not want to be apart of the class. I get that the subject matter is a bit dry and boring, which is somewhat out of my control - but how can I get these students to care about their own learning?!?!?!
 
     
     
 
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Posted February 21, 2019 4:10 am

dymaDa
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I feel that student engagement is created through the lessons and the teacher. So, if you believe that the subject matter is dry and boring, and your students sense that, they're not going to want to be engaged in your lessons no matter how many participation points you offer. If you want the students to be engaged, come in excited about the content and with an interesting and creative way of teaching the content. Students often become bored of the same monotonous teaching methods, day after day, so switching it up and doing something new could really help.
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Haley Kennedy
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People feed off of each other's energy. This is true for the students. They will only be excited for a lesson if you are. Show the students that learning can be fun even when it seems boring. 10/10
  Posted on: February 22, 2019 7:10 pm

buQyme
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Yes, people feed off of one another energy. Create lessons that are relate able to the students and it will get them to engage in the lesson due to them being able to relate to it.
  Posted on: February 22, 2019 8:22 pm

tuSuXy
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Teacher should try to think of new, fun and engaging ways to teach students. Think of things that are relatable to your students.
  Posted on: February 25, 2019 1:22 am

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Solution 2
Posted February 20, 2019 12:43 am

Faith Graham
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I would try meeting each of my students at the front door with some kind of greeting to let them know you're excited to start the day. Then I would try spending the first five minutes of class doing some kind of body movement dancing to get their blood flowing. Sometimes thats all it takes to be more alert. You could play a "popular" song that is appropriate so that the students can get excited about it. My CT plays music for our students all the time and they love it.
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Solution 3
Posted February 22, 2019 1:47 am

zuMuGe
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I definitely agree with the other responses in that you must seem engaged in the material as well in order to get your students engaged. I personally have seen this with certain lessons I have taught and I stumbled across a website called Flocabulary that teaches while rapping. My students absolutely love this and are learning at the same time. Maybe you can try something like this or even looking up other creative ideas that can make even the more "dull" lessons more exciting and engaging.
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Solution 4
Posted February 23, 2019 5:14 pm

XuNaWa
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Unlike elementary students, high school students are not as enthusiastic about learning. Try to use disguised learning instead of boring content presentations. Utilize constructivist lessons, technology, and discussions.
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tuSuXy
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Technology is a great way to customize your lesson.
  Posted on: February 25, 2019 1:23 am

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Solution 5
Posted February 25, 2019 3:59 am

eHuPas
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Try and give fun activities that are non-relevant through the lessons. Small little brain games that take a couple minutes. Maybe show a funny video on youtube or a funny meme.
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Solution 6
Posted February 28, 2019 1:01 pm

LuSaNa
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Find out what they like and use rewards or tricks to getting them to be engaged.
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Solution 7
Posted February 21, 2019 6:47 pm

upyWyH
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I agree with both of these previous solutions. If you agree that the subject matter is dry and boring the students will find it dry and boring. Try to make the subject matter more interesting by incorporating technology or something that is of interest to the students.
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