Posted by Stevan K| May 30, 2019
Students learn best by participating in interactive classroom activities. The attain knowledge by gathering information and utilizing it through problem-solving and verbally expressing what they have discovered. If you are looking for interactive classroom ideas to stimulate your students’ participation and growth, here are some solutions for you.
Brainstorming is a useful process to generate creative ideas and thoughts. This activity encourages students to work together to find solutions. It is a great idea when trying to get students to think for themselves to begin a new course, or to pool together learned ideas after a course.
There are activities that prompt students to write a response to open-ended questions, and you can use these activities at anytime during your class. In just a few minutes, these activities can help kids focus on answering key questions or expressing certain ideas or predictions. Free writing, minute papers, and “question of the day” exercises are a great opportunity for students to organize their thoughts and give you feedback. These activities help students develop holistic and critical thinking and improve their writing skills.
Ice breaker activities are fun and interactive, and encourage students to interact and talk to each other. They are very effective at the beginning of the semester to help students get to know each other and talk about what they would like to learn. Some fundamentals of these ice breakers include the following:
Case studies are a great way to teach students practical lessons that they can apply in real life. Case studies, in other words, are scenario-based exercises that let students apply their problem-solving skills in the classroom. They are usually presented in a story format and often involve connections to course readings, discussions, problem-solving, and participation of groups of students or the entire class.
Role play or interview activities are a fun, active way to get students to incorporate the lessons they have learned. They can be used to solve problems or deal with a conflict for a character, provide a new perspective for students to explore and discuss, or paraphrase the story to provide a visual representation of the lesson.
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