As a teacher, there’s nothing more exciting than seeing your students develop a love and respect for learning.
When students begin to display an eagerness to understand and learn, along with a desire to learn more about a certain subject, as a teacher you feel like you’ve done your job – you’ve not only taught your students what you needed to but you’ve also helped them to develop a love of learning.
However, getting to that point – where your students become passionate about learning – it’s always an easy task.
While some children have a natural inclination for learning and love to learn, others find learning a little less enjoyable, and it’s for these children that it’s important to get creative with your approach to teaching and encouraging their learning.
So, bearing that in mind, the question is:
What can you do to get your students more engaged and excited, and to improve and enhance their love of learning?
Here are a few tips and ideas to help make learning more fun, helping children to learn to love and respect learning.
Share your passion and be excited
When a teacher seems bored by what they’re teaching, this impacts how their students feel about the topic.
However, when a teacher is highly passionate and excited about what is being taught, their students tend to pick up on this vibe.
For instance, when you’re teaching a topic, consider finding ways to draw on your experience with the topic can work well, such as by discussing programs you’ve watched, places you’ve been, and books you’ve read.
The more you can show your students that you have a genuine interest in a topic, the more likely that they will become engaged when discussing the topic.
Take a fun approach
When it comes to learning, aim to take a fun and interesting approach.
Traditional learning is all well and good, but if you want to help your students to learn to love learning, then finding ways to show them that learning can be fun is an important step to take.
For instance, when it comes to teaching English, consider utilising spelling games like Scrabble to teach your students two letter words, three letter words, four letter words, and so on.
By incorporating a game into your students’ learning, you can help them to understand that learning can be fun.
Praise your students for their efforts
Make sure to praise your students for the efforts that they make when it comes to their learning.
When a student is praised for their hard work, not the end result but the effort they put in, they tend to find a new appreciation for learning and as a result, enjoy it more.
Positive reinforcement encourages students to try as hard as they can when it comes to their learning, as they feel that their efforts are being noticed.
If you want to help your students to learn to love learning as much as you do, you need to share your passion, excitement and enthusiasm with them.