December 28, 2013

Increasing Class Participation

Ever feel like your students have checked out in Sabbath School class? Teacher Dr. Mike Wong offers these simple suggestions for improving student engagement:

•Ask better questions. Consider asking questions that promote deeper thinking, rather than generic questions, such as “Are you following this?” For example, ask, “How would you explain this idea to a non-Christian friend?”

•Use activities. Consider assigning in-class problem-solving to pairs, small groups, or the whole class, and then walk around the classroom to help.

•Encourage students to take responsibility for learning. Make it clear from the outset why the lesson is relevant and how they will benefit if they remain engaged.

 

Adapted from depts.washington.edu/next/storyID_08953.php.