For elementary teachers, classroom engagement strategies are meant to keep classrooms running smoothly. In turn, create an environment where student engagement happens naturally. Classroom engagement strategies & techniques may vary from teacher to teacher. However, we believe it’s important to build strong classroom community where students feel safe.
4 Student Engagement Activities for Classroom Management
Below we’ve listed 4 super simple, yet effective classroom engagement strategies to help build an environment where students feel a sense of community and improve student engagement levels.
1. Greet students at the door
Take time to stand at the classroom door and greet students formally as they enter. This simple change will make a world of difference in immediately impacting your classroom culture!
2. Hold morning meetings regularly
- Build a climate of trust
- Help students feel significant
- Encourage collaboration
- Create empathy
- Support social and emotional learning
Visit this blog post to learn more about The 5 Components of Morning Meetings for primary grades.
3. Schedule opportunities for communication between classmates
Find natural places in your instruction to include daily opportunities for students to communicate authentically. Predetermine set times throughout your lesson plans for students to share and reflect on their thoughts, ideas, and opinions. Also consider creating regular moments when the class can work together to solve current classroom issues or discuss ways to improve their personal character development.
4. Take time to just have fun
Once in a while, focus on fun activities that encourage a sense of teamwork and camaraderie. Provide activities that allow students to succeed and fail together in order to collaborate, solve problems, or practice sportsmanship. Teaching students lessons of trust and collaboration through fun and games will be sure to boost your classroom climate. We strongly recommend you join in the fun right along with your kids.