Hello, teachers all around the world! Since Assemblr is also embarking as an AR educational platform (go check Assemblr EDU out if you haven’t 😉), we’re getting aware that some teachers are still struggling about how to construct an enjoyable yet valuable environment in their classrooms.
So, we’ll give you five handy tips on how to maximize your students’ learning experience! Don’t take your eyes off of this article, keep focusing, and let’s start whenever you’re ready. 🤓
- Plan, plan, plan!
Dale Carniage once says, “An hour of planning can save you 10 hours of doing.”
Apparently, it’s super true—especially if you’re a teacher.
Imagine if you’re walking into your class, but you have no timing plan on your material that day. It will be quite a mess in the classroom.
And if you’re planning the time of your lesson activities in the classroom? Of course, it will be a waste of time.
So, how important is it to plan your timing for your classroom activities?
Aaron David Mermelstein, a professor certified in K-12 teaching, writes this statement through his paper entitled Five Methods of Maximizing Student Success in the Classroom:
“All lessons should be well-planned and well-prepared to include approximate times for students to complete each given task.”
Simply put, according to Mermelstein, it’s crucial for you to set your time on your lesson activities in the classroom. For him, the ideal time to maintain students’ focus and attention is around 10 - 20 minutes. So, make sure that your classroom activities will be within that period of time.
However, since not all students have the same pace in doing or learning something, Mermelstein even suggests that you should provide more challenges for students who are more advanced.
Planning classroom activities might go wrong sometimes as well. Maybe, they don’t go well due to some unexpected circumstances. And the worst situation is when it can’t be done at all. What if it happens to you?
There’s no better answer than having a backup plan! Taken from ThoughtCo., it’s better if you have backup plans in accordance with what you want to teach that day. If you have them all set, there’s no need to worry excessively, as you can still make use of the class period.
2. Minimize the distractions
Have you ever been interrupted by the classroom speaker giving an announcement amidst your teaching? Or probably there’s another teacher entering your classroom, then asking you to call a student outside to talk with him or her for a few minutes?
Those actions are actually counted as distractions for students.
And we know that some things can be unpredictable.
But, an associate professor of education and economics at Brown University, Matthew Kraft says that it can still be minimized.
Kraft, through his paper, recommends teachers to take note of every interruption in the class, and then examine the data. That way, the teachers can sort out the types of interruptions and plan new alternatives.
One of the ways for you to minimize the interruptions is by giving announcements through a specific time slot given when students are not in the middle of learning—for example, during free time, advisory periods, or homeroom.
But, what if it’s something urgent, and other teachers want to contact you?
Kraft suggests that communication can be done in text messages or emails. After the teacher receives the message, he/she can relay the information to that student quietly, without interrupting the whole class.
3. Create interactive learning materials
Learning materials can always be combined with engaging visuals to make it more interesting for students.
We believe that infusing a lot of visuals on your learning materials could never go wrong!
Quoting from Mermelstein’s paper again, a lot of research found that the use of visuals can improve memory and learning for the students. So, it’s already proven!
Nowadays, we have unlimited resources that you can find on the internet. It’s as simple as typing your keyword in Google. Be it pictures, videos, or animations, you can find them easily.
And Augmented Reality (AR) can also be included to be your learning materials’ visuals!
For instance, if you’re teaching about frog anatomy, you won’t need to go through laboratory experiments and cut an alive frog. Instead, with AR, you can make it more convenient. You can still display the detailed anatomy without any hassle! Check this example out!
Since we’ve been talking about AR for learning materials, you can use our Assemblr EDU app! Oh, and if you’re too busy, we’ve already made ready-to-use learning materials with various topics. You can use them easily. It’s a piece of cake! 😉
4. Build fun activities in your classroom
Creating a fun atmosphere for your classroom should be your priority as a teacher. One of the simplest ways that you can do is to create fun games--be it indoor or outdoor--for your students!
Through a paper made by Mania Moayad Abuslat, he proves that the use of educational games for his English lessons are actually very helpful to improve the students’ interest in learning. And thus, it creates a great classroom experience for the students.
Research also finds that games can enhance students’ involvement in the material. Also, since games are often associated with stress-relieving activities, it can help them to be more relaxed and have fun at the same time!
Another fun activity that you can do is to have a quick, fun quiz. Besides the fun aspect, it can also determine whether your students have understood the material or not.
And again, you can use AR to create a fun quiz! Simply open Assemblr EDU app, and you’ll find several materials with a fun quiz. Try them out! 😉
5. Let the communication flows!
Did you know that an effective communication in the classroom can encourage students to be more confident?
As stated in CareerTrend, when teachers hear students’ opinions thoroughly, they feel appreciated. And this kind of emotion boosts up their confidence in stating more opinions or answering your questions.
Also, keep in mind that the classroom is not all about you! We believe that teaching is not merely a presentation, but it should be a conversation as well. So, don’t forget to keep communicating in two ways, since your students’ opinions also matter. 😁
That’s it, it’s a wrap! Don’t forget to apply those tips, so you can find out which tip works out the best for you. Or maybe, you can develop those tips to maximize your classroom environment as well. 😉
As it’s been a long time since we’ve been posting educational-related topics, we’ll try to give more coverage about that on our next posts. Yay for that! See you all there!
In Assemblr EDU, we believe that all people – including you – can create and present your own AR learning materials. Interested to unveil more possibilities of AR in education? Download Assemblr now, available in App Store and Play Store!