How many times have you heard from classmates that the current faculty is not dedicated to teaching? Or if you have passed out of college a long time ago, there must be some teachers whom you still remember. You do so just because they were hardly interested to teach. This condition might be due to faculty and student engagement.
Similarly, we all have gone through the phase where we tend to get bored from the classroom studies.
In India, education is still 90% theoretical, and it’s not just the students who get bored, it is the faculty too.
In such a fast-paced and technologically advanced age, we are just losing out on our patience, patience to sit back and listen to the person in front of us, who are getting paid to impart education to us.
We feel, we are smart enough to get this information from the internet, and at the same time, have the brains to pass the exams by studying just a few days before the exams. And this attitude just gets reflected!!
And the faculty in question starts losing interest over some time. Some get fed up; some still don’t care and are happy to teach a class even if they can engage only a few students. Only a few can engage fully the entire class.
What is the reason? What makes some faculties tick while others are just finding out ways how to tackle the classroom problems? Why do some faculties lose interest over some time?
Why students nowadays are more carefree than ever before? And most importantly, how to keep faculty and student engagement alive for an efficient learning process?
Why students lose interest?
There are several factors which make classroom learning a tedious and boring process for students:
1. Active Social life
Since everyone carries their smartphones wherever they go, and the continuous access to various social media sites such as Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram, etc., has made distraction an inevitable process.
2. Theory-based teaching
Some subjects at times are purely theoretical and their practical value in foreseeable future seems insignificant, due to which students feel that are they being taught an irrelevant subject.
3. Faculty’s inability to make the subject interesting
Sometimes even though the subject is interesting and the students want to study it well, the faculty makes it boring to an extent that it seems intolerable.
4. Strictness in terms of attendance, punctuality, homework, etc.
Even though a student is bright but not a punctual one, strictness over the same leads to ego clashes between the student and the faculty/institute which makes the student repel studies even more.
Why faculty lose interest?
It’s not that only students get bored. Even faculties get bored of teaching due to several reasons:
1. Uninterested audience
First off, when a faculty is giving his/her 100% and still the audience is not responsive, it irritates them.
2. Low no. of students
If the number of students who turn up for a session is way less than the expected number, the faculty feels unimportant.
3. Boring subject
Sometimes the faculty themselves know that what they are teaching or demonstrating is of possible low interest to students. But then also they have to keep on teaching the same subject. They can’t help but eventually themselves get bored.
4. Lack of innovation to make the subject interesting
At times, a faculty is not creative enough to inculcate innovation in their methods of teaching. That leads to frustration among some, as they start envying those, who stick with the students.
How to engage students?
Faculty and student engagement is a tedious task. Engaging students is one of the main concerns for any faculty and any educational institution as a whole. More the number of students who focus during classes, more are the benefits. Students are the backbones for the success of any teacher and/or educational institution. They must focus more.
A few measures are described below which, if implemented, can lead to promising results!!
1. Enhance students’ self-belief
Motivating students that they can excel in the subject, even when they find it tough, give them a reason to push further. Just keep on filling their minds with positivity, and you will find the difference!
2. Use movement to get students focussed
Furthermore, it is proven that when you start your class with any type of physical activity, the students tend to focus more. So next time you enter the class, make the students stand up and stretch and maybe make them jump a little so that they feel surprised and active and become automatically focussed towards whatever you have to say further.
3. Make the lectures more interesting
Notably, instead of teaching the usual way, find ways to make the sessions more interesting. You can cite live examples, tell a story, or teach differently, just keep on experimenting and keep on surprising your audience!
4. Foster a sense of competence
Students tend to pay more attention when you instill a sense of competition among them. Keep on conducting various kinds of competitions to develop their interest in the subject and to keep them engaged.
5. Establish a positive student-teacher relationship
Always keep on trying to create a good reputation with your students. A positive relationship with the teachers always boosts the self-esteem of the students. This helps them in developing an interest in the subject.
6. Use technology to teach them
Instead of age-old blackboard teaching, try to inculcate new technologies to garner students’ interest. Eventually, students get more engaged when they see new technology and are keener to learn things that way.
How to engage faculty?
For any educational institution, engaging the faculty is one of the prime concerns. A good faculty is an asset to an institution and therefore you must retain them.
1. Recognizing and rewarding faculties at all levels
It is essential that faculties having a good record such as no absenteeism, the maximum number of students who are passing in their subject, students getting higher marks in their subjects are recognized and rewarded in front of everyone. This helps in developing faculty and student engagement.
2. Providing professional development opportunities to all faculty
It is also important that workshops are organized which aim at developing soft skills.
3. Give incentives to faculties giving extra time
Incentives should be given to faculties who work extra time or are doing research. This will make more faculties willing to do the same when needed.
4. Organizing training and support for all faculty
Getting training on the current subjects helps faculties to learn more about the latest trends in the subject matter. So, providing training on their respective subjects would be an added advantage.
5. Organizing faculty tours
Organize some tours for the faculties and their families to keep them happy and engaged.
So, this is how you can engage the students and faculties and get the most out of your institution.
Hope this blog post has helped you in some way. Happy Reading! Have a great day!
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