practice paper engaging students by relating lessons to the real world - Running head Relating Lessons to the Real World Engaging Students by Relating

Practice paper engaging students by relating lessons to the real world

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Running head: Relating Lessons to the Real World 1Engaging Students by Relating Lessons to the Real WorldFollowing the American Psychological Association’s GuidelinesUniversity of Pittsburgh
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When it comes to teaching students in a modern day classroom, there are many challenges that teachers face. Due to practices such as mainstreaming and inclusion, teachers’ classrooms are filled with students of many different abilities and backgrounds. Differentiated instruction is one technique in which teachers can successfully teach a classroom comprised of many different learning abilities. Differentiated instruction focuses on providing students with a variety of teaching styles to learn a given lesson; it also caters to students’ strengths and weaknesses to achieve maximum learning. One of the most important skills a teacher must possess in order to successfully implement differentiated instruction in their classroom is the ability to engage their students by relating the lesson to the real world. By relating lessons to the real world teachers can take theoretical or abstract material and make it much easier for all students to understand (Theal, 2012). By connecting classroom assignments to students’ daily lives and interests, they will form a highly motivated passion for the subject and see a reason to do this project other than the fact that they were assigned it and will receive a grade on it (Simkins, Cole, Tavalin & Means, 2002). Differentiated instruction is a necessary philosophy for effective teaching in any type of learning environment; but to successfully stimulate the minds of all kids in the classroom and promote active participation, the teacher must relate the lesson to the real world or the students’ personal lives as much as possible. There are three main strategies that a teacher can pursue in order to successfully relate lessons, assignments, exams, and projects to the real world. The first strategy is to connect by appealing to student interests. This is the easiest of the three strategies; by allowing students to create a presentation or write a paper on a topic they are interested in they will enjoy the work and learn even more than if they had the topic forced upon them (Simkins, Cole, Tavalin & Means, 2002). An example of this strategy would be that of a student who really likes baseball
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