How to Make Learning Fun
- Break Up Lessons
- Offer Choices
- Incorporate Games
- Group Time
- Move Around
- Hands-On Learning
- Field Trips
- Go Outside
Most people have fond memories of elementary school. Playing with your friends on the playground, dominating at tetherball or gossiping and giggling on the monkey bars — these are the fun experiences we reminisce about.
Today, we hear a lot about common core standards and getting students ready for college. Gone are the carefree days of elementary school, as kids are pushed to excel to even higher learning standards.
But kids need fun, even at school. Fun is a powerful tool. It engages kids in what they’re doing. When kids enjoy learning, they get actively involved in their education. So how can we make school more fun and interesting for students?
10 Ways to Make Education Fun and Engaging
Making school fun can give kids a lifelong love of learning. To keep your students engaged and motivated, throw in some fun variety. Here are 10 ways you can make learning and education more fun and interesting for your students.
1. Break Up Your Lessons
Many lessons, especially when you’re introducing a new topic, involve a lecture. But you can’t expect young kids to stay engaged as they sit still listening to you talk. Breaking up your lesson mixes things up and keeps your students engaged.
Give an introduction, then try an activity. Go back to talking, then pull out another activity or get them out of their seats for a round of jumping jacks. Finish the class with a discussion. Even a 30-second break every six minutes or so will do wonders.
2. Give Your Students Choices
Kids don’t get a ton of choices in their daily routine, both at school and at home. Sometimes all they want is to have a say. When kids have the power to choose, it helps them become more engaged and buy into what happens next. For example, let them pick the activity that goes along with your lesson or what homework assignment they will work on that night.
3. Incorporate Games
Games are an incredible way to add instant engagement into your lesson plan. They make learning more fun, from review time to memorization drills. Games don’t need to require a lot of prep time or expense, as there are thousands of free educational games online. Instead of groaning when they hear it’s review time, students will get excited because they know it’s game on.
4. Create Group Time
When you allow students to work together, they retain information quicker and longer. Cooperation also helps develop critical thinking and communication skills. Group time breaks up the same routine, making your lesson much more enjoyable.
5. Get Up and Move
Most elementary school kids don’t like to sit still for very long. Your kids deserve a break, and so do you. It’s time to get up and get moving.
If you see your kids lagging, incorporate movement into your lesson or give them a brain break. These breaks are a great way to give your students a quick two minutes of downtime. Make sure you offer ample opportunities for movement. When they know a mini-break is on the horizon, your kids will stay more engaged and have much more fun.
6. Incorporate Hands-On Learning
Hands-on learning activities have long been used as a fun and engaging way to learn. They can be applied to almost any subject, from a preschool alphabet lesson to math, English and geography. Hands-on activities like arts and crafts help students learn in a memorable way. A hands-on assignment or project is more meaningful to students, and will likely be the lesson they remember most.
7. Be Open to Creativity
It’s easy to teach from the same lesson plans year after year. Once you have something that works, you may be a little nervous about trying something new. But remember — each year, you’ve got a new batch of students with various interests. Variety and creativity are the best way to ensure learning stays fun.
Be open to your students’ creativity. Let your class know that assignments and projects can be changed or modified as long as they run it by you first. You may find that their ideas give a unique twist to a lesson. Plus, when a student comes up with something on their own, it’s more meaningful to them.
8. Schedule Field Trips
Who doesn’t have fond memories of their class field trips? These treks outside the classroom are an ideal way for your students to connect to the outside world and engage with what they’re learning. From plays and museum exhibits to historic places, they’ll remember a field trip for much longer than a classroom lecture.
If your school has cut the field trip budget, try taking an online virtual field trip. Or maybe there’s a cool opportunity within walking distance of your building.
9. Make Technology a Part of Your Lesson
Technology is a given in today’s world. From tablets and laptops to YouTube and Netflix, your kids are bombarded with technology every day. You can use technology as a tool to make learning more fun.
Stock your classroom with tablets that have exciting, educational apps. Or show your kids a short clip on YouTube or TeacherTube. You can even create a PowerPoint or a video of your own. Technology is a great way to meet some of your students’ instructional needs.
10. Take the Fun Outside
Recess. Is there any word that brings more elation to the heart of a student? Looking forward to these outdoor excursions can make their in-class time more fun and engaging.
Kids need a break, yet many schools are doing away with recess in favor of academics. However, research shows that getting outdoors, playing on the playground and engaging with friends primes their brains for learning.
To ensure your students get the playground they deserve, invest in high-quality equipment that’s as thrilling as it is safe. With Miracle Recreation®, your school can receive a customized playground design that meets all your needs to ensure your kids have the best environment for outdoor play.
Learn more about our thrilling and safe playground equipment for schools. As your students look forward to another fun-filled recess, classroom time will feel more engaging and interesting. Contact us to discuss what works best for your school.