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Making lessons interesting

Dec 3, 2013 11:39am

What can I add into a basic lesson to make it more exciting and to wake up sleeping students? (video examples are very welcome). Thank you!!!

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    • Dec 5, 2013 9:39pm

      You can start your lesson with an interesting brainstorming session. Like writing the theme word on the board and then taking responses of all pupils. it makes the class more personalize for them and induce them to participate.
      Next is the differentiated strategy. For the least interested learners make them the observer for that particular group. Ask them to write down the key points discussed / not discussed by the other members. This will keep them engage and reflective.

      • Dec 11, 2013 9:54am


        I always like to begin my lessons with a hook, or an activity that gets kids to collaborate, play games, etc... I have a couple of videos on the site that outline these activities. All my lessons are built upon the UDL Guidelines, which you can learn more about here: They definitely help to build lessons that are engaging to students.

        The links to my videos:

        Hope this helps,

        • Dec 6, 2013 10:31am

          When designing my lessons, always focus on having my students "discover" the what they are learning. Whether they are completing research, attempting hands-on activities, solving a problem, etc., they are doing more discovering and less listening to me lecture. This gives them the opportunity to take their learning into their own hands and become a part of the lesson. I also like to build anticipation and interest by uncovering a hint as to what they are doing. This helps to increase their curiosity and set them on the right path to their discovery. From that point on, as long as my energy is high and they are engaged, the lesson is a success.

          • Dec 4, 2013 6:58pm

            It all depends on how you teach and if you teach to standards. I teach one standard every class. I teach an activating activity, then I give them something to do that is similar, then an unguided activity, and then assessment which is a short quiz, and reflection. Students can't sleep in class because of the expectations of doing the activities. And I tailor them to meet their needs and their interests of dating fashion, food, etc. I can send you some activities that I do, but they are only the title shells. I make them on paper every morning in about 5-10 min.


            • Dec 18, 2013 12:00pm

              By making it interesting and getting the students to picture it in their minds so come up with an imagination idea.