5 Ways To Start 2018 for Secondary Students
The holidays are fabulous. You get to have fun with family, go on exciting and enlightening adventures and most importantly take a break from school work. But as expected, for most secondary students, after the long holiday, starting a new term can be a bit challenging. Your mind will still be thinking about the exciting and fun experiences of the holidays.
As much as it is hard for students to make the transition from the holiday spirit back to serious school work, it is the same for teachers. It can be worse, as a teacher is meant to be the adult figure who should be the epitome of hard work and dedication.
If you’re a tutor and you’re struggling with making this transition efficiently, here are five ways to help your students become more engaged after the holidays.
1. Make Use of Relatable Materials
A fabulous way of helping your students come back to reality is by preparing lessons with the material they can relate to efficiently. Indeed, this can be done by choosing culturally relevant activities or using specific everyday examples. Most of the time, students who do not find representations of their own culture as opposed to others lose interest quickly.
To combat this issue, have your students fill a short survey about their interests, this could help in building your lesson plan.
2. Make Use of Secondary Students Interests
As a teacher, it is essential you find out what your students are most passionate about and why. Indeed, this will go a long way in building engagement and improve learning amongst them.
It is also noteworthy to understand that students are different, and therefore have different interests. While some students might love math, others might be interested in literacy or history.
Use this information to better interact with students.
3. Make A Board Of Different Groups
Breaking the class into different groups and subgroups can be an effective means of teaching this year. To ensure you don’t put a student in the wrong crowd, make a board of different groups based on their working preferences and experiment with them in groups.
Of course, this will increase class discussion, interaction, and learning. You can also input homework menus; these way students have a choice of homework they would want to turn in.
4. Level Up Board
As a tutor, you can be creative and make a level up the board. This board should contain certain academic expectations for your students, in which the first student to attain the highest level gets a prize. This board can help students compete academically, and also assist them in improving their thinking capabilities.
5. Thinking Skills and Self Monitoring Activities
Sharp thinking is vital to learning and excelling academically. You can help your students improve their thinking capabilities by engaging them in certain puzzles or games. Also, children can suffer from self-awareness and may not realise when they exhibit disruptive behaviour.
They, therefore, should be taught to self-regulation skills, that would help their flexibility in the classroom.
As a tutor, it is essential to always keep in mind that the interest of your secondary students come first all the time. These ways can help the transition from the holidays to an effective school term easier.
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