1. Jessica Martin
  2. Education
  3. Sunday, 01 March 2020
Hi everyone

I recently made a post about environmental curriculum and this is a related question. I'd love ideas for how to keep students more engaged. The tips could be about environmental teaching specifically, or for teaching in general. Am always on the lookout for new ideas!
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Hi Jessica

Here's some tips in no particular order:

  1. Don't be predictable.
  2. Be enthusiastic (it's contagious).
  3. Show them that you genuinely care.
  4. Build a relationship with your students. If they like you, they'll want to please you.
  5. Begin your lesson with a warmer (educational game).
  6. Look carefully at the material that the school says you're supposed to teach and modify obviously boring parts to become less boring. If necessary, replace the boring bits with your own material.
  7. Use lots of supplementary materials to enhance and adapt teaching from your course text books.
  8. It's more fun, impactful, and educational to learn by doing.
  9. It's preferable to have students work in pairs/groups instead of individually.
  10. Are there any interesting experiments that can be performed in the classroom?
  11. Avoid unnecessary teacher talk.
  12. If students are working well independently, don't interfere, just let them keep working. Only assist when they need help.
  13. Regularly use authentic materials (eg. newspaper stories, YouTube videos, songs, etc) as the foundation for learning activities. They're especially useful if they cover something that's a current hot topic for your students.
  14. Teach them about inspiring role models who are a similar age (eg. Greta Thunberg, Malala Yousafzai).
  15. Pay attention to the energy levels of the students throughout the lesson and adjust the pace as needed to maintain some momentum and keep them engaged.
  16. Get them out of their chairs sometimes. Do some activities standing or walking around.
  17. Consider sometimes taking the lesson outside the classroom.
  18. Try flipping the classroom.
  19. Learn how to manage the trouble makers who try to derail your lessons.
  20. Make sure the students are not using mobile devices for other purposes during your lessons.
  21. Ask lots of concept checking questions.
  22. Get good at using the whiteboard.
  23. Try to make them laugh.
  24. Don't speak in a monotone.
  25. Think about ways to make learning activities competitive or gamelike.
  26. Always link the information to its relevance to the real world.
  27. Teach for subject mastery NOT the examination.

I hope that helps!

I know there are some teachers on the platform. I wonder if they have any additional advice?
Adam Thyer, Founder at GreenExecutive
  1. more than a month ago
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Many thanks Adam Thyer, fabulous advice! :D
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Bring positive solutions and case studies into your teaching.

When presenting on impacts always balance the challenges with avenues for change in a positive direction.
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Hi Jessica Martin

You might find our magazine a useful source of engaging material on the environmental-economic interface. You can see more about why here. So on the topic of environment and economics, we have a whole range of articles, interviews, news, events recordings etc. See here. So a great sense of the 'authentic' material Adam Thyer mentions with a really good search engine to find it as all posts are tagged ie catalogued.

cheers
Henry
References
  1. https://www.themintmagazine.com/
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Hi Henry Leveson-Gower

It's great to see that innovative material like this is being published. I suspect that it would be a bit advanced for most of our students. However, I have a couple of friends who teach at universities and one of them is a business professor, so I will share your link with them.
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Thanks Jessica Martin. Oxford, Grenoble Ecole de Management and LSE are amongst subscribers. There is more detail on institutional subscriptions Titlehere.
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