Student participation sometimes wanes but there are things that can be done to turn this situation around.
However, there are seven ways to increase student participation such as:
Number One: Find out out what they know about the topic that is being studied. For instance, giving them a pre-test to find out what they know or adjusting your lesson to what they do or do not know.
Number Two: Allow them to teach each other. For instance, you could divide the class into groups and give each group a topic. Give them some guidelines on what is to be done and then let them teach each other.
Number Three: Keep the amount of information you give to your students, small. Most people, kids especially, cannot handle long lectures or instructions. By breaking up large pieces of information into smaller sections, you can keep your students more engaged in what is going on.
Number Four: Keep them connected to what is going on. One way to do this is to tell them that you will give them a small test when you are finished talking about your subject manner. Then, at the end of your talk, give them a small test and let them fill in the blanks that are on the page.
Number Five: Move around more in the class. By moving around and checking on how they’re doing on projects or tests, you will hold their attention, longer.
Number Six: Have your students work in groups several times a week. Working with each other, they will have to pay more attention to what is being said.
Number Seven: Several times a week, give your students a choice on what activity or what subject they would like to know more about.
To conclude, keeping a student’s participation high is not difficult; however, it does requires a plan and corrective action.