Do you have students in your class who often do not pay attention to what you are saying? Alternatively, some of the students avoid interaction and/or do minimum work? These are typical signs of lack of engagement, not surprisingly can severely hamper your educational efforts. Students, who work halfheartedly during math classes usually remember and understand less than their active peers understand. Part of a teacher’s mission is to keep those students occupied, know how to fight the lack of engagements, and win.
Keep your energy high
If you want your students to be more active during math classes, you have to be the living and breathing example of an active person. Instead of speaking from your desk, try moving around the room to make sure your students see you. Use body language and gestures to emphasize the most important parts of your speech. Be positive and praise students accordingly.
To keep your students engaged, you also need to set up strict rules. Do not allow too much clutter in the classroom; otherwise, your students may struggle with staying focused. Demand complete attention by maintaining eye contact with your students and call to order students who do not follow the rules. Do as much as you can to engage all students, but if you see that one or two students are not engaged despite all your efforts, do not concentrate too much on them or else the rest of the class will fall out of focus too. Always try to keep many students engaged.
Always come prepared
To keep your students engaged on the topic, you would need to provide them with fun activities. When you prepare for your lesson, think of activities you can perform in class. There are three different types of activities, which could help you improve the level of engagement. Physical activities, such as clapping hands, standing up or even dancing are most engaging and they could help you break the routine, so try to use them at least once a day. Student-to-student activities, such as working in groups or passing off questions from one student to another, are great as methods of sustaining high levels of engagement for long periods of time. If you plan a group activity, make sure every student in the group is given a specific task, not just a few students. Individuals working on an assignment are also important for your students’ development; however, to make sure your students do not doze away, give them math aids and tools. Keep notes of all ideas for engaging activities, which come to your mind and use them regularly during lessons.