How do you engage students to improve learning outcomes?
With student led learning!
Engaging students in learning requires a personalised approach to education, allowing students to express themselves individually so they’re inspired to realise their potential.
When students are permitted to pursue their own interests’, and have time to explore, learning becomes student led which provides self-direction. Inquiry based learning led by the student and guided by the teacher makes learning more rewarding and motivating as the student becomes activated when they contribute in a meaningful way.
Add to this, group work, where students benefit from peer to peer interaction in collaborative classrooms and we see learning outcomes improve greatly.
Whilst schools previously focused on academic excellence and individual results, the 21st century economy requires knowledge-based skills with teamwork and collaboration as its focus. This couldn’t have come at a better time given the increase in mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, as schools changing their pedagogy can reduce the pressure and stress placed on students to perform and instead develop students holistically with a key focus on their well being for a positive education.
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Giving students control over their space, and creating an environment of positive space, increases their motivation, encourages creativity and promotes collaboration so students want to play their own part in their learning. These empowered students become active learners as they participate in their education rather than sit and listen.
Engaged students have increased attention and focus which leads to meaningful learning outcomes. Working collaboratively improves social skills and resourcefulness as students think critically and creatively to problem solve and builds relationships leading to greater student accomplishment and well being.
Design learning environments, not classrooms. Think outside the box, be adventurous, make the space inviting, not separated or rigid with free form arrangements that encourage learning.