5 Ways Teachers Can Make Students Enjoy Lessons And Learning

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The greatest wish of every educator is to see their students perform and excel in their educational pursuits. Parents also seek the same to have their children gainfully employed after school. Consequently, teachers and parents put a lot of pressure on students as they prepare them for college, exams, and the competitive job market

Most students become stressed as they cope to learn under intense pressure to meet the expectations of parents and teachers. This forces some to quit school along the line, while others endure painful mental health issues as they go through.

However, education shouldn’t be that difficult, stressful, and exhausting. It should be fun and interesting in a way that no student would want to fall out. From making lessons interactive to having field trips, there are several ways to make learning enjoyable at all levels.

Why learning should be Fun and Enjoyable

An interesting, fun, and conducive learning atmosphere is what every child/student needs to excel academically. It enhances their participation in the learning process, improves cognition, and makes lessons memorable. 

The human brain is naturally programmed to respond positively to interesting things. This is through the release of endorphin and other hormones which reduces stress and pain and improves mood. When lessons are fun-packed and relatable, the brain sends positive signals to the body, easing tension. Students, therefore, become attentive and information is easily absorbed. 

Secondly, when learning becomes fun, it eliminates all forms of fear from students, and this attracts attention and improves involvement. It breaks the class intensity and gives room to cool heads. With this, students are more likely to ask and answer questions compared to a strict and intense environment. This is even more beneficial when introducing a difficult topic.

Lastly, making learning fun improves the academic performance of students. As concentration and involvement increase during lessons, students easily absorb what they learn. This increases knowledge retention and improves performance and the exams score of students.

How teachers can make learning enjoyable

Whether a kindergarten kid or a Ph.D. student, everyone deserves to have a memorable school and learning experience. For this to happen, students must have their educational materials in languages they understand. Higher-level institutions with foreign students can rely on a firm providing education translation services to translate course and exam materials into languages their students speak. This promotes inclusion, and a better understanding of lessons, and makes learning enjoyable. Now, here are how teachers create an engaging and exciting learning environment for students.

Make lessons interactive

Proper education is much more than a teacher lecturing a class and pouring out what they know to students. lessons should be interactive at all levels. As a teacher, make your class interactive by engaging the students at all times and building a strong connection. Without this, there wouldn’t be any effective learning. You need to students’ opinions on topics, ask questions, allow them to take over sometimes, and set out discussion groups. Such activities not only make lessons enjoyable but also builds students’ confidence and motivate them to learn.

Encourage creativity

There isn’t just one way of doing things; being different and creative has given birth to many inventions. Therefore, encourage your students to bring in new ideas and express their creativity through assignments and school projects.

Challenge them to try new things, and even if it doesn’t work, at least they tried. And this will inspire them to probe further into why they failed and come up with better solutions. This is how many inventions came to be.  For example, they can try new methods of solving a mathematical or engineering question or problem. Afterward, make them explain how they came by their methods, even if it produced a wrong answer. Their approach can generate new interests and discussions. Such initiatives get students interested in the subject/course.

Make lessons practical and relevant

If possible, make your lessons as relevant and practical as possible by connecting them to real-life situations. Demonstrate how whatever they are learning can be applied in daily life situations. Therefore, you should have a clear lesson objective and use real-life examples to explain your concepts. In addition, incorporate hands-on activities to get the students to apply whatever they are learning. 

Let’s say you are having a chemistry class on the mixture of gasses; you should make it practical. Allow your students to combine some of the gasses to know what they produce. For example, the combination of carbon and oxygen produces CO2.  Such practical experiences make them enjoy the class.

Encourage group works

Having group works not only makes lessons interesting but also enhances students’ ability to work in teams when employed. As they work together, they learn from each other, they can express themselves better and enhances information retention. Such activities also develop their communication and critical thinking skills.

Have field works/studies

Lessons shouldn’t always be in the classroom. Sometimes, you need to take your students to the fields for real-life experience. It could be a visit to the school farms to learn how to plant, apply fertilizers, and take care of livestock. It could also be a visit to a manufacturing company to experience how certain items are produced.

Take home

There are several other ways you can make their lessons interesting as a teacher. Just study your class, know their strength and weaknesses, and create a concept that suits everybody.

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