As with most other industries, emerging technologies are bringing about changes in education. According to a survey conducted by Edgenuity, 91% of U.S. teachers agree that technology facilitates the process of creating lessons and homework assignments for the individual needs of their students. However, 48% of the teachers also said that the technologies they use are outdated.
Classroom discussions have been a staple of teaching forever, beginning with Socrates. I have taught using discussions, been a student in discussions, and observed other teachers’ discussions thousands of times — at least. Some have been boring, stifling or tedious enough to put me to sleep.
Advice Last spring semester, I began experimenting with polling as a way to improve student participation in my classroom. Persuaded by the work of Eric Mazu r and others, I started polling my students – using multiple-choice or short-answer questions – to collect a quick overview of their opinions on whatever we were discussing.
Anthony Johnson is an elementary school teacher in North Carolina and a TED-Ed Innovative Educator. Below, he describes his innovative classroom structure: “Johnsonville.” Think about the jobs in today’s economy – the ones we’re supposed to prepare students for after graduation. Are employees evaluated using bubble-in tests to prove they know the ins and outs of their job?
Building student connection means building trust and ensuring the best learning outcomes. Using the right classroom engagement strategies, you can make this a regular occurrence in all your classes. Teachers that connect meaningfully to students can make the biggest difference in their lives. It ends up being what they’re known and remembered for.