It’s a fact: children thrive on fun classroom learning experiences, encouraging greater interest, more participation, and overall enhanced learning. So it makes sense for teachers to tailor classroom environments and lesson plans to be motivating, interactive, and exciting for their students. The good news is that there are currently countless means for teachers to achieve this goal – not to mention a constant flow of innovative recourses dedicated to help them do it. So teachers always have a number of places to turn to help make classroom learning more fun.
However, before delving into any given classroom tool or resource, it’s important to remember that every student has a unique style of learning; while one might learn best by seeing examples, another might thrive by listening to you describe or speak about something. Many students also learn best through “hands-on” experiences – which means they have to do something themselves to get a proper grasp of it. So, in considering resources or lesson plans for the classroom, try to choose methods that will cater to multiple modes of learning.
One of the best ways to increase participation and encourage kids to experiment in the classroom is through games. Role-playing, for example, can be used in a number of different classroom subjects to help children understand perspectives, improve language skills, engage in discussions, and think in-depth about certain issues. It’s also a way for kids to get out of their seats and move around – a proven plus when it comes to classroom learning. Children often get distracted or lose interest when they have to sit still for long periods of time, so it’s always a good idea to incorporate some type of physical activity in the classroom.
Change of scenery is another way to keep kids interested while learning. Taking fields trips or even just holding a lesson outdoors provides a new environment for students, helping them keep focused. A field trip dedicated to a given lesson is also a great way to enhance that lesson and to make learning more fun.
Another great way to enhance learning in the classroom is to utilise technology based tools and resources. Interactive whiteboards, computers, and technology-based games are now among the most successful classroom tools, enabling greater student participation and interest, and helping teachers effectively deliver fun lesson plans. What’s more, many technological classroom tools – such as IWBs – are designed to cater to every type of learner, whether auditory, visual, or kinaesthetic.
Ultimately, a fun learning environment will help students stay interested, encourage them to participate, and deliver an overall better learning experience. And best of all, it’s simple for teachers to achieve.