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7 Tips on How to Make Lessons More Engaging and Fun


The ideas here have certainly been shared on the site before, but I thought a fresh look at them might be helpful, as many of us continue to look for ideas to spark the new year and bring more engagement to our classrooms. – KW

Students getting bored… teachers don’t see that as much of a problem. Education has always been boring to some extent.

Well, guess what: boredom is a problem. A big one!

We cannot expect students to come to our classrooms inspired. As teachers, we have a responsibility to trigger their inner motivation. You know what bored students mean for us, don’t you? A boring job. To make our job less boring, we have to engage them more. We can do that through a different approach towards teaching: more engaging and enjoyable lessons.

Let’s see how you can make your lessons less boring and more engaging, and even let you throw in a laugh from time to time.

  1. Relate the Lessons to Real-Life Scenarios

Let’s say you’re assigning an essay. There are two ways to do that:

  • Give them general instructions, explain what you expect, and wait for the students to deliver the projects by the deadline; or
  • Give them the instructions and explain what you expect, but relate the assignment to the real world round them with concrete examples of how the topic can be relevant to their lives.

The second method wins, hands down. When you connect the assignment to their lives, they will be likely to take more ownership of it.

  1. Gamify the Educational Process

It doesn’t matter whether your students are 8, 18, or 38 years old; gamification can be a powerful aid! When you’re looking for a way to keep your students engaged, try to introduce a game in the classroom.

  • If, for example, you’re teaching science, your students can have a vocabulary contest. You’ll give them words of scientific concepts, and they will have to explain them.
  • If you’re teaching history, you can play a memory game, so you’ll inspire them to remember the dates.
  • If you’re teaching literature, you can play a storytelling game. You’ll start with the prompt, and each student will add a sentence, so you’ll get a short story through teamwork.
  • In higher ed, similar techniques can be used, adopted for older students.

There are limitless opportunities for gamification. This concept makes your teaching really fun.

  1. Take It Outside

If you’re teaching about something that can be seen outdoors, move the class outside. It’s a simple strategy that never fails. The mere fact of being outside the classroom will make your students more relaxed, but more engaged at the same time.

  1. Tell Anecdotes

Whatever lesson you’re teaching, you’re surely mentioning names. If, for example, you’re teaching about Newton’s laws of motion, you can share an anecdote related to Newton. Maybe it won’t have anything to do with the actual lesson. However, it will help them remember the name, and it will surely be the highlight of your lecture.

Anecdotes work as attention-grabbers, especially when they are funny.

  1. Use Technology!

While we realize that pedagogy always comes first, technology can offer many ways to bring an element of engagement to lessons and assignments. Articles on this site offer many tips (check out 27 Meaningful Ways to Use EdTech & Make Your Classes Extra Awesome This Year! for a rich set of ideas).

  1. Make the Lessons Interactive

Are you used to traditional lecturing? You know; the kind when you stand in front of the classroom, present the lesson, and ask if anyone has questions in the end?

That doesn’t always work. Granted, some teachers are great lecturers, and a good lecture can be a thing of beauty, but sometimes being more interactive is the ticket.

Get the students involved throughout the lesson, so you’ll make sure they are paying attention. If you can be both interactive and collaborative, all the better! Explore these 20 Fun Free Tools for Interactive Classroom Collaboration for some ideas.

  1. Let Them Move

Be honest: would you be happy if someone forced you to sit all day long? As a teacher, you certainly like to move around the classroom, since you don’t want to be stuck in place. Your students share your aversion to being stuck.

Give them tasks that will get them moving. You can divide them in teams and allow many students to sit in a group. They will be free to stand up when they speak, or move around the classroom to see what the other teams are doing. There is a lot of scientific evidence indicating that the brain learns better when we are physically active.

We hope these ideas spark a change in your classroom! Let us know if you have other favorite techniques of your own!

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  1. I love this post. For example if I was teaching a class about teamwork skills this is what I would and would not do etc. I would typically aim to prepare a real life scenario for instance a heart attack at a hospital or a similar situation and discuss the different ways in which the skill of teamwork could be developed as a natural result. Or I would try to find some effective teamwork quotes. Alternatively I would have a list of nice board games and tried and tested techniques in order to encourage teamwork. That can help a lot.
    Teamwork videos can also make a lasting impact and difference. You could also explore reasons as to why teamwork matters in real life as well. Imagine that suddenly you are in a life and death situation aboard a plane in distress or on a boat that is in danger way out at sea. I’ve tried to explain what to do and what not to do in that case. Try it and see what occurs as a result.
    Discuss the ever lasting benefits of teamwork and oral communication skills. Collect your senses and wits, this is the first step to take. Use a mini colourful mind map and other effective educational tools to make brief summary notes, relay key essential details and the like. Describe the whole process as best as possible. And smile. Relax. You can do this. To use another classic example you are trapped and need to escape fast. Or you need to plan a birthday party, organise a fun competition or similar event. Look around you to find ideas.

  2. Great tips Brandon. I love the quote that “information without emotion is rarely retained” because that has definitely been my experience. Not only does it make learning more enjoyable, it makes it more memorable!

    There’s a playlist of videos called Unlikely Mentors on YouTube that takes lessons from popular TV characters and looks at serious business/life lessons from them, that demonstrates this concept well:


    For example, leadership lessons from Michael Scott in the Office, or productivity/business lessons from Bojack Horseman (and many others).

  3. You can also add games in your lessons to Make Lessons More Engaging and Fun.
    One way is you can create jeopardy-style quiz games for the classroom. For this you can use a web tool i.e Factile (https://www.playfactile.com/). With this Create your own game in minutes or
    Search from premade game templates

  4. I loved your article Brandon and I found it so useful to write an essay about this subject too so…Good Job!
    Continue like this!


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