When teachers and students come together in a classroom something amazing happens… learning. Schools are fundamental in developing the next generation. This is why making the most of the time students and teachers have together is so key. Here are 3 ways you can ensure that time in the classroom produces the maximum learning possible.
1 – Remove Distractions
The enemy of learning is often distraction. Just because students come to class and teachers share their lessons doesn’t mean there is 100% learning going on. Distractions come in many forms and can reduce the learning that could have happened with the time invested.
The first source of distraction can be the environment. Windows can have other students walking by or distractions going on that draw the attention of the students away from what is being said. If you can’t control what is going on outside, maybe it is a great time to put some projects up on the windows to cover them up, close the blinds, or teach away from that side if possible. Look at your classroom with a fresh set of eyes to see where possible distractions could be and try and solve them. You could see test scores and engagement rise over something easy to manage.
2 – Accommodate Different Learning Styles
The more you engage students naturally, the less distraction you will have to deal with. Students learn in different ways so just being aware of that can help you design your lessons and integrate that into your teaching style. It would be great if every student would adapt to your natural style but it might make sense instead to change your teaching style to rotate through and incorporate all seven learning styles.
The Seven Learning Styles
3 – Reduce Repetition
A lot of time is wasted over the school year repeating things for students who couldn’t or didn’t hear you. This may seem like a small thing, but every time you have to stop to repeat a point it creates another point of distraction for everyone who already heard what you said the first time. We don’t want to leave any student behind but in a class of even 30 students, each one has the ability over and over to miss something. Sometimes they may ask for it to be repeated, but often they will just move forward with partial information which reduces test scores and confidence.
This is easy to solve with a classroom audio system. By distributing natural sound to all students you reduce the distraction of having to repeat things. This also allows you to integrate more learning styles without losing anyone in the transitions. Studies show that classrooms with audio systems (enhanced classrooms) raise test scores. Contact us to learn how you can get a classroom audio system at your school and check out our grant program for underfunded schools. Keep teaching!