Working with young children is never easy, and everyone has opinions on what teachers should be doing. As a result, the internet is full of helpful tips and information to help teachers. There are many tips that will help you do your job more effectively and efficiently. However, the tips provided below will help young children within the classroom have more fun while learning.When young children are having fun, they are more likely to learn and retain the information.
Teaching while the students work in groups offers the students a chance to learn from their peers as well as the teacher. Groups allows students to co-learn with their friends. Example: Sort the students into groups of 3-5. Have each group design a short lesson to teach to their peers. They can make a game, write a skit or short story.
2. Multiple Lessons
Have more than one lesson plan in mind. Young children are prone to distractions. Having more than one lesson plan for the same concept allows the teacher to switch if needed. Example: If lesson #1 is story time, lesson #2 can be “build a story.” This allows the students to take turns telling parts of the story, while the teacher records it for later.
When trying to teach multiple ideas in the same lesson, stations facilitate easier learning. By providing the students with activity stations, they are able to learn the new ideas in different and fun ways. Example: When learning simple math, the teacher can create four stations implementing counting, addition, subtraction and number patterns.
4. Be excited, Be Passionate
If you teach with excitement and passion, your students are more likely to pay attention. Show your students that what they are learning matters, and they will be more likely to retain what you are teaching.
5. End on a good note
End the school day on a positive note. When the students leave, they should leaving with praise and smiles. If the students are leaving on a negative note, they are more likely to start the next school day with a negative attitude. Example: End the day with five minutes of free play.
The classroom can be a boring and hectic place. If the teacher is able to captivate and intrigue the students, they are more likely to pay attention, learn and retain.
I use these five tips while teaching in my Pre-K classroom. I have found that my students learn more effectively when they are happy and having fun. A classroom that is filled with negativity and too much structure can push the children away from learning. Groups and activity stations are great tools for facilitating fun in the classroom, but the most important element of the classroom is the teachers attitude. If the teacher is not having fun, the students will not have fun.