Engaging Students | How to Keep Students Engaged!

You might be wondering how to keep students engaged and focused, especially towards the

You might be wondering how to keep students engaged and focused, especially towards the

end of the school year. In this video, you not only learn about how to keep them engaged

and focused, but also how to get them to want to come to class. Classroom management towards

the end of the school year is extremely difficult. As teachers, there is so much to compete with

for the attention of the students.

Teachers more than likely have those one or two students that typically challenge them,

distract others, and cause them all kinds of problems through out the school year. Teachers

are human, so at times they want to take these students and put them in the latest wrestling

move to handle the situation and put an end to it. However, they can't do that and it's

illegal. The parents of these students rarely if ever come to parent teacher conferences,

but this situation would probably be the only way to get them to come and pay you teachers

a visit. So this wouldn't be a good classroom management strategy to use.

From traveling the country and speaking for various school systems, Chris Cannon has learned

that, every behavior of the students is asking some kind of questions. Unfortunately, those

questions are rooted in fear! When students act out or become a distraction in class,

it's really something that they are of afraid of that's triggering the behavior. Regardless

if a student is challenging, considered an at risk youth, problem student, etc, the root

cause of their behavior closely related.

One thing that teachers want to know is, how to keep students engaged and focused end of

year? There are several options, but the key factor is having them active from the start

to the end of class. If students are given too much idol time in class, this sets up

much of the low level behaviors that teachers have to address. A way for teachers to keep

their students engaged and focused is by providing daily activities. These activities don't have

to be the same everyday, but they need to be consistent.

There needs to be an expectation from the teacher to the students, that communicates

that these activities is something that will be done at the start of class. In addition

to the activities being done at the start of class, they should be short and meaningful.

If a student knows that what you're giving them is a worksheet that won't get graded

and will probably end op in the trash, they won't put much effort into doing it. So activities

should be short, connected to the students concerns, and meaningful. When you make activities

connected to what concerns students have or what's important to students, they will not

only be engaged and focused, but they will look forward to coming to class. At this point,

classroom management is something teachers can actually implement.

A great activity that can be implemented are writing assignments. It could be writing assignments

related to current events because there is so much going on from school shootings, to

bombing, among so many other things that students might not know to do deal with. These writing

assignments could also be geared toward the movie industry, music industry, or even social

media. Regardless of the focus of writing, it can be a way for teachers to learn more about students and

what's important to them and what concerns they have.

Regardless if a student is labeled an at risk youth, trouble student, or challenging student,

most of them view school as the safe zone. These students might not have perfect attendance,

but they show up on a regular basis. The reason being is because some of them fear being at home, which is where much

of the end of school year challenges come from. The more they think of being home full

time, the more they experience fear. Often times the behavior they display towards teachers

isn't about the teacher at all, it's about what they have to go back to and what they

will experience as a result of it.

These students might not have the communication skills or the capacity to express what they're

feeling so in many cases, they act it out. However, by writing about different things

that concerns them, writing can become the substitute for the behavior. When classroom

management can include ways for students to express their concerns in a manor that is

not threatening, students become more engaged

and focused, even towards the end of the school year.

In the next video Chris Cannon will share how to motivate unmotivated students and how

to get uncooperative students to cooperate.


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