5 Ways to Keep Your Classroom Interesting and Engaging
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1. Allow Options and Keep it Interactive
Providing options to learn is an effective teaching technique because it allows students to feel as if they are active participants in their learning experience. This is a great motivator to get students to remain interested and gain a sense of independence in the classroom. While the teaching style of lecturing in front of the classroom while students take notes is traditional, it often is not the most effective way for students to learn.
Creating lessons that involve hands-on activities keep students engaged and makes the lessons more interactive. Allowing the student to guide instructions- whether that be by asking them to record themselves explaining and teaching a vocabulary word or topic- creates feelings of connection to class and their fellow students.
2. Be Culturally Responsive and Create Trusting Relationships
Although this should seem obvious, studies have shown that a successful learning environment is one where students feel their voices are heard, respected, and they are comfortable taking intellectual risks. Strong student-teacher relationships create higher student academic engagement, grades, attendance, lower dropout rates, and fewer disruptive behaviours. It is important for students to understand that they are encouraged to embrace their culture and language as a crucial part of their being and that learning a new language is adding to what makes them unique.
Creating a teaching environment where students see their educators incorporating aspects of their culture allows them to feel more comfortable and connected to the lesson. For example, educators can keep culturally appropriate books in their classroom library, or incorporate home visits to get to know student’s family lives and include them in lessons.
3. Make it Visual and Incorporate More Group Work
English language learners have a tougher time processing spoken language, which is why it is important for teachers to write down basic things- such as classroom etiquette- on the board whenever possible. Concepts that are harder to understand can be clearly explained through visuals of the step-by-step process or including what the finished product should look like. Showing students how to physically do something helps retain comprehension and grasps concepts better.
Additionally, smaller group-work lessons allow students to learn with their peers in a more personal and low-risk environment, as they often feel more comfortable sharing their ideas in a small group environment. Students can work together to help their peers answer language-specific questions or clarify confusing/tricky English words, encouraging each other to succeed.
4. Maximize students time outside the Classroom
Like many tasks, students learn best by doing. Since they will probably not practise the language at home, make sure your lesson plans involve maximizing student talking time during class. Don’t fill up class time with tasks that students can easily do by themselves- make the most out of each lesson explaining difficult concepts, speaking, and group work. Save the individual work outside the classroom so that students can apply what they learned earlier in class, helping to fully comprehend the information.
5. Use Positive Reinforcement and Keep it Simple
Students are already hesitant and unsure of themselves in a learning environment, but one rule to help calm those nerves is to avoid embarrassing a student in front of the class, especially when they give a wrong answer. You run the risk of scarring that student and it will make them terrified to participate again. Creating a positive attitude in the classroom by praising students often, even if they make slight mistakes, is a great way to ensure they feel comfortable and safe.
Many newly certified teachers make the mistake of using too much English when instructing, praising, or giving feedback to students, often using over-complicated and redundant language. For example, an instruction such as “Now class, please pay attention and go into your desks to grab your workbooks for today’s lesson,” a shorter phrase like “please take out your workbooks. Okay?” helps beginner students understand the classroom instructions. Along with simple language, appropriate gestures like the OK sign or thumbs up are also great ways to help beginners follow directions.
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- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.