Speaking of student engagement, all too often, students view their lessons as punishment. They’d rather be outside or playing games on their phones or tablets, but school doesn’t have to feel like this. Teaching is not just about discipline and controlling students’ behavior. The best method of teaching is to make learning as fun as possible.
Gamifying lessons is a fantastic way to do this in almost any subject, and many educational strategies employ gamification to help improve student engagement and retention. For example, in math class, help students improve their arithmetic with a beach ball. Label the different parts of the ball with whole numbers, fractions, and/or decimals. Have the students stand in a circle and bounce the ball to each other. Every time a student catches the ball, they have to quickly add their number to the number that the last student got. This gets students up and moving, and it turns arithmetic drills into a fun activity instead of a chore.
And math isn’t the only subject that works better with gamification and play. Other types of games can be used for different lessons and subjects. For example, you might play a modified game of Heads Up to identify and learn facts about historical figures. Use your imagination and see what kinds of games you can add to your curriculum to help your students in the classroom.