A school’s long term success most times depends on how intellectually smart their students are.
And the truth is a lot of parents will go out of the way to find the funds to enroll their children in such schools.
The school facade might count, but that can’t take the school far. Of course, growing a leading school goes beyond cheating your way to success.
And one of the ways to begin a sustainable school growth journey is by improving learning in the classroom.
Although this seems like a daunting task, the truth is, it isn’t.
A few tips and tricks here and there will do the job. Here, in this post, I am going to share how exactly you can improve your students’ performance in classrooms.
Of course, continue reading.
How to promote effective learning in classrooms
Teaching is one of the most challenging jobs in this country, but how would you make it easy, fun and lively?
Let’s find out.
The use of visual aid will help your students see how they do things in the real world.
They get to see an illustration of the words written in their textbooks. Examples of visual aids include interactive whiteboard that will display videos and audio clips.
The student will find it easy to comprehend as the visual aid will give them a mental picture of what they read.
Learning support Studio
Learning support is the resources that provide physical, social, emotional and intellectual support intended to enable all school children to have an equal opportunity for success at school by addressing barriers to learning and promoting engagement in learning and teaching.
It helps to address the external and internal factors that interfere with students engaging effectively with the school curriculum.
Learning support studio is a form of a visual aid but unlike a typical visual aid, it is a software and it is installed in 3D or 2D wall flat screens.
It contains class lessons in video format and made available in the classroom for the student to go always through to refresh their memory.
Usually, the learning content in a support studio is developed by external course experts.
One advantage is that it allows the student to learn one subject from different teachers. The diverse dimensions make learning easier for students.
The LearnNova Learning Studio supports effective learning of maths, reading, diction and phonics for all classes and ages. For instance, the Maths studio for secondary school covers 450 lessons with over 2,100 revision questions and an average lesson lasts for 45 minutes.
The courses are taken by developed by educational experts to incorporate leading pedagogical practices.
Students should be allowed to use the learning support studio after each class and at intervals even at home.
Our results show that schools that implement this improve the average grade by 20%.
Unlike other studios, the Learnnova studio can be deployed digitally on smartphones to allow students to learn anywhere and at any moment even on their way home from school.
To learn more about how our studio works and how to use it to support learning and school growth, request a demo and someone will get in touch with you immediately.
You can also engage students in activities that demand they all work together.
They can pick up skills from each other and gain skills such as communication skills, leadership and management skills and critical thinking.
Activities such as acting out short plays, scientific experiments that require them to come with a solution for a particular problem will do the trick.
When it comes to getting the best out of cooperative learning, give tasks according to a student’s specialty or strength.
This strategy is useful in encouraging the student to participate and focus, which will no doubt be of benefit to them as they get to learn all the skills derived from participating in cooperative exercises.
Matching their strength, for instance, students that are good at solving maths problems as problem solvers and good student good with words as the leader of the group will stimulate their desire to indulge in such practices.
Another strategy you can implement is encouraging students to question every single thing they encounter and especially issues that have become a universal fact.
For instance, math-based “must you follow the BODMAS rule when solving a math problem?”
Asking these questions improves their problem-solving skills and helps them to solve impromptu and life problems easily as they grow.
Use small group discussions, collaborative projects in and out of class, group presentations.
This strategy is an extended version of cooperative learning, where the student group works are not limited to the classroom.
You assign projects academically or non-academically-related that each group will partake in, in and out of school.
Also, the student should present their project to the class.
This activity will stimulate the students’ ability to manage or organise themselves, which will be an added advantage to them now and in the future
Use different activities in-class
In addition to giving tasks based on each student’s strengths and complementing weaknesses, try to also use different techniques in class.
For instance, other than instructing the students to write out their assignments, let them present it to the class either orally or through a demonstration.
Teachers could come into the class, rather than taking the class directly, as usual, they instead use cues in an educational video, this video does not have to be related to the subject curriculum.
This technique will open the students’ minds and give them varying views of their studies and life in general.
Give students concrete, real-life situations to analyse.
In class, besides giving the student geometry to work on, tell them to use geometry to calculate how things work.
This illustration is just an example, but you get the idea.
Rather than limiting them to knowledge gained from a textbook, push them to use such knowledge to analyse what they see outside.
More so, it doesn’t have to be using textbook knowledge to handle life issues instead give them real-life situations to think about and examine.
Ask them questions that will revive their mentality, build consciousness of other people’s attitudes and the environment they live in.
One example I can give is to tell the student to identify within their neighbourhood: what is it that individuals do that worsens global warming?
This question has nothing to do with the classroom curriculum but is an excellent way to encourage the student to rack their brain and think for themselves, which will further enhance their cognition.
Schedule brief meetings with the students to discuss their progress.
One more strategy to implement is to keep up with students’ progress by scheduling meetings.
Everything doesn’t have to be about the teacher coming to class and instructing the students to open to a particular page number.
Organise a meeting of about 10-15 minutes before class begins or after it ends to interact with the students.
Discuss their progress and how they can improve.
Research shows that students perform better and communicate more in class when a teacher takes a particular interest in them.
Through this discussion, you get to find out the student’s weakness and how you can use differentiation and collaborative learning to help them deal with such shortcomings.
Prepare problems or exercises that give students immediate feedback on how well they are doing.
For communication to be complete and useful, feedback is needed.
It is the same way of learning.
Feedback is essential in teaching and learning for students. After a test, take your time to write out your feedback and give them back their scripts; the same goes for assignments and examinations scripts.
The feedback will tell the students exactly where they got it wrong, why and how they can get it right next time.
Employ feedback early during the term and communicate regularly to them through one-on-one talks and email the feedback also their parents. (ask each and everyone to get an email address of their parents).
Results show that schools that do this, don’t only gain the confidence of their parents but also grow their school enrollment through referrals from parents.
Rounding it up
Learning alone is not enough to get the most out of students and build a reputation for your school.
Try to introduce extracurricular activities that will help mold them into a complete individual.
As a proprietor try to employ the right teachers, provide the opportunity for students to practice what they have been learning so far, apply the use of technology, collaborate with parents, engage in professional development, listen for feedback and importantly, register with a consultancy firm.
But first, start working to improve learning in your classrooms.
At Trenova Private School Growth Academy, we deploy the Nova Strategies for Private School Growth to build a private school that leads the market and dominate the competition.
For 12 years, we have worked with over 10,000 private schools and 15,000 school leaders to grow their enrollment by 100-600 in a single term, increase annual revenue, reduce school fees debt and increase staff productivity.
We have helped some to increase revenue from 8m-150m in 3 years and many to double their businesses in 2-4 years.
Let’s work together to grow your school.