I’ve learned that people will forget what you said,
People will forget what you did
But people will never forget how you made them feel – Maya Angelou
The student who is an engaged and active classroom participant is more likely to learn because the one who does the work is the one who learns (Terry Doyle, “Learner-Centered Teaching” 2011). Engaged learners apply concepts, make connections, and transfer knowledge and skills to diverse settings. Engaged learners become lifelong learners. However, students must feel safe in order to risk becoming involved in classroom processes (Cox, 2009). Inclusive classrooms are ones in which students believe that their contributions and perspectives are valued and respected. The following are ideas and strategies that may help you create an engaged and inclusive classroom.
- Making connections/building rapport
- Getting at the heart of teaching: Lisa Lee at TEDxCrestmoorParkED (YouTube video)
- Empathy vs. Sympathy and why it is important (YouTube video)
- Using ice breakers to increase a sense of community
- Establishing ground rules and expectations
- Creating an engaging classroom climate
Bain, K. (2004). What the best college teachers do. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Cox, R. (2009). The college fear factor; How students and professors misunderstand each other. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Doyle, T. (2011). Learner-centered teaching; Putting the research on Learning into Practice.VA: Stylus.