5 Easy Ways to Increase Student Engagement

1. Get Your Students Moving

Student engagement has some pretty stiff competition. No matter what time of day it is, there’s a good reason for students to be tired: it’s morning, right before lunch, right after lunch, or the end of the day.

If your students are getting worn down, start by monitoring the amount of time per day they spend at their desks. If the answer is greater than 70%, consider getting your students moving through methods like rotating learning centers, ball-tossing, or the simple stand-up-and-stretch. This is especially important for the shorter attention spans of younger students.

2. Let Them Decide

Sometimes students can become disinterested and disengaged when they feel they’re forced to learn.

If this sounds familiar, try empowering your students by letting them choose when (or even how) they will learn certain subjects. You could start by simply dividing up the week’s objectives and letting your students vote on what they’ll learn first. For even more involvement, let them choose the method in which they learn the curriculum. Many teachers are introducing a genius hour – a set time where students explore their own passions and develop a project of their choice.

3. Stop Turning Your Back

How often do you catch distracted students when you turn your back to write on the board? This issue has been around since the chalkboard era, but there are a couple quick fixes that can increase eye contact (and engagement).

If you have a classroom display, avoid turning your back by using a laptop as a preview screen and a wireless mouse for control. Although this is a step in the right direction, forcing your students to stare at your magnified laptop screen is far from optimal. The best engagement comes when you can maintain eye-to-eye contact with your students, and simultaneously frame your face in your writing. Sound impossible? Then you need to see eGlass – an entirely new way of optimizing engagement with your students!

4. Refresh Your Classroom

Don’t you love the feeling you get after you’ve rearranged the furniture in a room? Why not try this in your classroom?

It may sound silly, but a new learning environment can activate your students’ senses and even boost their moods. Plus, your students aren’t the only ones who will enjoy the refreshed space – you will too!

And yes, rearranging your entire classroom sounds like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Get your students involved by letting them design and create their new learning space.

5. Gamify Your Lessons

Many of your students likely enjoy playing video games after school. And who’s to blame them? Video games activate the mind while offering a sense of agency as players control what happens in their digital worlds. Why not bring the benefits of gamification into your classroom?

Earlier in this story, we mentioned eGlass as a wonderful way to maintain eye contact while writing during lessons. Turns out, this revolutionary glass lightboard enables your students to gamify the classroom paradigm. Let your students ‘teach’ with eGlass. Or use the eGlass Fusion software to post their puzzles or riddles for fast-paced learning fun.

Have ideas on optimizing student engagement you’d like to share? Want to demo eGlass for your classroom? Drop us a line at eGlass.io.