Creative Advice for English Teachers

Try these creative ways to get your students engaged in learning.

Teaching careers in English can be fun and exciting if you are creative about your subject matter. If your students are enjoying themselves, they are more likely to want to participate and to remember what you are working on. Try these creative ideas to make your class fun and interesting:

Make class fun
Who doesn't like fun? Kids are more engaged in what they are learning when they are having fun. Ask the class what they want to read about and choose books based on their answers. Create entire lesson plans based around what the kids are interested in that week or that month. A great way to keep students engaged in the subject matter is by playing games. Memory games like matching, trivia, bingo and jeopardy are great for helping kids to understand what they are studying and making them want to participate and learn. They can also encourage reading skills and cooperation between classmates, which will be important for their entire educational careers as well as when they go out into the workforce.

Try a little drama
Having kids act out what they are reading is not only fun, but it will also help them remember the storylines. They are much more likely to remember "One if by land, two if by sea," if they saw their classmate (or played the part) dressed as Henry Wadsworth, carrying the lanterns through the classroom. 

Have your students grade themselves
Help your students to fully understand the grading process by letting them be the ones to decide how good their work is. Have a set grading scale based off of the way you typically grade their work and let your students use that scale to give themselves a grade. Afterwards talk with the students about why they think they deserve the marking and whether you agree or not. Work together to decide the most accurate grade to officially record. 

Use a theme
Themed lesson plans are really great because they help to immerse the students fully in the subject matter. Try seasonal themes or ones that are relevant to where your school is located. For instance, if you are teaching in the Great Lakes area, have a unit on the Great Lakes. Read about the history of the lakes and their important role in industry and trading. Talk about the people who make their homes around the lakes and famous authors who have written about the subject. 

This article is sponsored by Western Governors University, a non-profit, accredited, online university. WGU's Teachers College offers multiple online degree programs for current teachers or those looking to become teachers. To find out more, please visit www.wgu.edu/wisecareers_teachers

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