To make teaching and learning both successful it is important to ensure that the classroom is participative. In a classroom with better student participation, effective teaching and learning are conducted. Communication, interpersonal relationships, knowledge, and exchange of information, with the teachers, and among the learners are improved to a great extent. Let us discuss the importance of class participation and how teachers can enhance this in their classrooms.
Importance of participation in class
- Boost understanding
When students interact and participate in the classes, they relate to the information and texts better. With better relating and connecting to the lessons, students tend to understand better. By communicating with teachers, and among one another, students get to know more views, opinions, and learning. This broadens their knowledge and enhances their understanding level too. With this, students’ memorization and comprehension are improved to a great extent.
- Better doubt solving
Participation in class doesn’t mean giving the right answers in the class. It also makes doubt solving better. By participating in the classes, students can ask whatever doubts and queries they have. By staying quiet, and keeping your doubts to yourself, students cannot understand properly and lack of understanding affects their academic performance and scores. Whereas in a participative environment, students speak up and communicate with the teachers. By raising doubts and getting clarity on them, students perform well.
- Improves public speaking
In a classroom full of students, participation, and interaction among one another help to improve the public speaking skills of learners. Today in the twenty-first century we are living at, a good level of communication and public speaking skills are the need of the hour. When students communicate and exchange information, their command over the English language as well as public speaking quality is improved to a great extent.
- Better confidence level
When students interact and participate in the classrooms, their confidence level is boosted. By receiving appreciation and constructive, helpful feedback from the teachers, students feel motivated and encouraged to continue participating and effective learning. This makes them quite confident and active participants.
How to improve participation in class: tips for teachers
- Encourage the student to student interaction in the classroom
Interaction and participation are not limited to answering and communicating with teachers only. To make students more participative in the class, teachers should encourage peer interaction. Whether teaching via online live classes app or traditional classrooms allow students to talk to one another. For example, after teaching a topic or lesson, you can ask students to discuss what they understood. Also if one student has a doubt or query, before you answer that, ask the students who know to give the answers. This will ensure to make the classes more participative.
- Ask questions
Asking questions in a classroom is also a type of participation activity. You can give your students some time to revise the taught topic and later ask the questions related to it. Or before starting a lesson you can ask some basic questions to the students to check their pre-acquired knowledge and to make the classroom more participative. Only reading and lecturing the textbook material is not enough. Teachers must ask questions in between to make classes interesting and interactive too. You can ask students to share any life example related to the topic being discussed in the class too.
- Teach with the help of technology
To teach online effectively or in traditional classrooms, using technical teaching aids can help teachers to a great extent. With the help of audiovisual aids such as PowerPoint presentations, modules, audio lessons, picture cards, animations, and educational videos, you can make students understand better. With a good level of understanding, students relate to the topics better and interact in the classes too.
- Organize interactive activities
There are several activities which teachers can conduct to make classes more participative. The best one among them is group discussions. You can divide the classroom into a few groups and assign each group a topic to discuss respectively. Other such activities can be giving presentations, debates, recitations, and organizing workshops and knowledgeable seminars for students.
Interaction in classes is very important. For making teaching and learning in the classroom effective, teachers must ensure that the class is good at participation. By following the above-mentioned tips, teachers can enhance the participation of students in classes, both online and traditionally.