Have you ever experienced a teacher that obviously knew their subject matter, could have even been considered a genius on the topic, but their delivery of the curriculum was as dry as toast? I had many teachers like this from back when I was a student and I usually tuned them out within the first five minutes. Attention spans are short and a teacher simply lecturing at a podium for the entire class just does not cut it.
You may have developed the very best curriculum for your classroom. In fact, you may have created the best curriculum for your whole region. However, if you don’t know how to present it and capture the students’ attention, it does not matter. You have to deliver your lesson plans in a way that will get the kids excited to be in your classroom. If you don’t, then you are simply wasting your time. Consider how you are introducing the curriculum as much as the curriculum itself. Listed below are a few simple changes to how you provide your lessons to your students that could make all the difference in the world.
Know Your Audience
You wouldn’t present a lesson to primary students the same way that you would give a lesson to high school students. You have to teach towards the audience. Know their likes and their dislikes. The more you know about the students you are presenting your curriculum to, the more you can make your delivery interesting to them.
Don’t Just Ask Yes or No Questions
Too many educators love to be in complete charge of the class. Just ask any student-teacher that has had to wrangle control of the class from the supervising teacher. However, if you want to deliver your curriculum in a way that will have the students sit up and take notice, you have to let someone else take the lead now and then.
This is why you must stop asking questions where the students simply have to respond with answers that are little more than yes or no. Restating facts does not require students to think on the fly. It just requires a good memory. Present them opportunities to explain their answers and their thinking to the rest of the class.
Discussion creates energy. Energy, as long as it is used for positivity in the classroom, is a great thing to have. Present topics to your class and let them discuss it openly while you navigate the discussion and guide it to where it needs to go. Students have the tendency to listen to their classmates’ views pretty closely to see if they agree with them or want to voice their disapproval. In any case, it should get the ball rolling and can only be a good thing for delivering the curriculum.
Consider Your Pacing
Too many educators stick with a lesson long after the students have lost interest. This doesn’t mean the topic doesn’t deserve to be discussed longer, it just means the way it is being delivered is not resonating with the students. You must consider the pacing and possibly chop up the lesson into a few shorter sub lessons that will allow more time on a topic without allowing the students to become bored.
Tie the Whole Curriculum Together
It seems like in most classrooms, all the subjects are separate and rarely intermingle with one another. What I mean by this is that Math usually is not a part of History and History is not a part of Language Arts and so forth and so on. A solid curriculum should integrate all the subjects and while presenting it to the students, a teacher should be pointing out how everything is related. With just a little bit of planning, one topic could be covered in all subject areas. This will provide a real-life authentic approach to learning that should captivate the students.
For instance, if discussing a certain war that has happened in the past (it seems much of History is all about wars and who won them), delve into the numbers and the ratio of one country’s population against the other as a way to bring in mathematics. Discuss the geography of the countries and the advantages and disadvantages each may have based on the area they are occupying. Next, find some fiction and nonfiction literature to tie in with the war as this will include the Language Arts component. Finally, have them do an essay on how the war was fought, did anyone win in the long run, and how it could have been all avoided. By including all subject areas, you won’t just be having 50 minutes for each subject area. A good curriculum will include all subjects and will retain the students’ attention throughout.
1- How can you revamp your primary school curriculum?
2- Five festive- themed activities with curriculum coverage for primary classroom
3- Is it time to change curriculum?
4- Is the secondary school curriculum fit for purpose?