Interactive Classrooms

10 ways to keep students engaged in 2020

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Emma Cullen2019-01-23
As a teacher, you need to keep your students engaged, but sometimes it can be hard. With so many distractions in the classroom and so much to learn, it can be tough to understand which tools are best for engaging your students. Mentimeter is a great tool for teachers because there many different ways to use it. Create polls, quizzes, reflections and much more with one tool.

Here are 10 different ways that teachers can use Mentimeter to engage your students in 2020.

1. Start with a fun warm-up

Kick-off your class with a fun warm-up. Use one of Mentimeter’s many templates to get your students thinking at the start of the day. Icebreakers can be fun, reflective or thought-proking; whatever suits the mood! Find many different example templates that are ready for you to use in these articles:

2. Make smartphones a tool, not a distraction

Technology can be a nightmare for teachers if it’s not leveraged in the right way. If you find that smartphones are distracting your students, maybe it’s time to leverage them and make them part of the learning. Do this by using Mentimeter. Mentimeter enables students to answer questions and take part in activities using their smartphones.

mentimeter phone app

3. Test knowledge with a quiz

Knowledge tests don’t have to be boring or stressful for your students. Instead of a paper and pen and test, try instead a Mentimeter quiz. Not only can you test students with it, but it is also done in a fun and a relaxed way which doesn’t feel like a test. Learn more about how you can incorporate a quiz into your lesson with these features:

4. Encourage self-assessment

Engage your students through self-assessment activities such as formative assessments. The teacher doesn’t need to be the only person to give to a student feedback, they can also assess their own abilities. Try this out using Mentimeter to create formative assessments and other useful exercises:

5. Brainstorm with word clouds

Create a fun and interactive brainstorming session that will engage your students. The word cloud question type is very popular with teachers - and it's easy to see why. Get your student's to enter relevant words around a certain topic in order to gather ideas.

Brainstorming

Brainstorming

6. Spark discussion in groups

Making room for discussion in the classroom can be a great way to engage your students in the classroom. Use an open-ended Mentimeter question in order to collect opinions and ideas and then use this input to spark a lively debate in the classroom. By enabling your students to discuss something they have an opinion about, or are even passionate about will encourage them to participate in the class.

7. Hold a reflection session

Engage your students in a different way with a reflection session. A reflection is an important tool for learning and improving. Mentimeter can be used to create a structured reflection session for your students to engage with.

 Weekly student reflection session

Weekly student reflection session

8. Use “dead time” for learning

If you find that your students lose engagement or concentration during “dead time”, such as switching between lessons, or at other points where they are not actively learning, you can use Mentimeter to prevent distraction. Create a series of different questions for your students to answer during these times that you can put up on your screen and keep your students engaged during this between time.

9. Ask your students to take an active part in their education

Why not ask your students how they enjoy learning? Through asking students to actively participate in their learning you can engage them better and understand how they learn best. Try out the template below to try this type of engagement.

10. Create fun and quirky assignments for boring subjects

Finally, it can be particularly difficult to engage students when tackling “boring” or difficult topics. However, you can help encourage engagement by creating fun activities that will make these activities more exciting.

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