I know what you’re thinking, and don’t worry! We’re not talking about cheap ways to pop that special someone the “big question”, apologies to those expecting some intimacy tips. In this blog, we’re going to unpack that classic teacher misconception of not being able to provide quality lessons because “there is no money.”
Engaging students in terms of piquing interest is one the most vital parts to any lesson. If you were to ask a student what their favorite concept is in a given subject, it probably had something to do with a engaging, care-inducing, and genuinely interesting ENGAGE.
When teachers often think about the engage portion of our lessons, we often think of having to start strong. Sometimes we think it needs to be so strong, we get nervous about financials and quality of the lesson. Most of the time dumping a lot of personal money to buy those high end classroom materials doesn’t equal the highest quality lesson. Here are 5 places and things you can do to give a high quality ENGAGE to your classroom at reasonable prices, most of the time for FREE!
Top 5 ways to ENGAGE on a Budget
5. SING it out for those in the back!
Maybe not the option for those of us vocally or creatively challenged, but a catchy beat and rad lyrics may be all you need to grab a class’ interest in a topic. The following video is a relic from my high school geometry class where my teacher parodied the Twelve Days of Christmas with geometry concepts!
While Mrs. Simons (miss ya) sings solo in the video, she introduced each of those days with a new line in the song and we sang it as a class. But again, if leading a choir isn’t really your cup of tea, music can still be used from outside sources. For example, in an earlier math class, a different teacher showed us this gem.
While some online songs may be cheesy, opening lines like “This is a circle, it knows how to get around,” get snickers from students, but in turn captivates their attention.
4. Consult other teachers’ ideas!
Believe it or not, we’re not the only ones who need . There’s a plethora of online teacher resources made by teachers for others’ use. Blogs are a good example of how these are portrayed from example cheap experiments from purchasing cheap supplies:
To more officially downloadable engage plans:
Consulting others in the same shoes is a great way to learn more about to go about doing the same in your own classroom!
3. Professional Websites are free for the browsing!
Like blogs, professional websites such as Scholastic, Edutopia, and TeachersFirst have a ton of articles written by experienced teachers to help out our peers. Be sure to check them out in your pursuit!
2. Classroom P(h)ETs
PhET or Physics Education Technology simulations are a very engaging tool to use especially in science classrooms. I think it’s totally unfortunate that I had never heard of them until college. Introducing your students to these simulations can prove over-whelming significant to their understanding of science framework as well as interest!
Whether its playing with the epitomization of “balancing chemical equations’ or playing with different gas properties. It can be super fun students to mess around and see extreme conditions as well, so be sure to have a more open ended section of the simulation and ask them what they test and what they find!
Perhaps the king of free resources, YouTube is still prevalent both in a professional setting as well as for fun time off on the side. The free to use network boasts a staggering rate of 300 hours of video footage being added every minute! With the everlasting presence of a site with no predicted end, it just makes sense to use this as a tool. Just pop on over to that search bar and explore.
Engage with Physics and Math with the music for “Need/Getting” made from instruments lined in the desert! Just think about the time and calculations needed to pull this off!
Engage in Ecology with the Slow Mo Guys as they put tons of things in intensive slow motion with amazing visuals!
Engage with Chemistry and show your students what happens if you were to flush solid Sodium down your toilet!
YouTube is home to so many captivating videos both for the teacher to learn and for the teacher to show fun things to students!
Did I miss your favorite cost-efficient ENGAGE resource? Let me know in your comments, after all, if you take one thing away from this post, collaboration only makes us better at what we do!