Teachershave been given the mandate to ensure that students receive the besteducation possible that would facilitate their smooth transition intoprofessional occupations. During the process of learning, studentsoften display a certain degree of passion, optimism, interest,curiosity, and attention, which are referred to as studentengagement. This is directly linked to the level of motivation whichfacilitates learning and progression in the education ladder. Whenstudents are interested and inquisitive, the learning process isbelieved to be taking place at its best (Quaye and Harper, 2014). Theprimary objective of this paper is to offer a discussion on threemost essential student engagement items and also elaborate on howstudent behavior is affected by diversity.
Thefirst important element is authenticity. It is important to derive aconnection between the actual learning and the real life world. Theeducation imparted to the students has to empower them to createtangible products that have an impact on humanity. Teachers have toact as facilitators in the educational process rather than enforcingdictatorial policies. Authenticity deviates from the old model ofdiscussing topics vicariously, in addition to informationregurgitation, hence it aims at encouraging students to be thinkersand have a realistic approach to implementing items learned in class.
Thesecond item is the environment for learning. Students spend most oftheir time in the school environment, more specifically theclassroom. Their future achievement is based on the skills they willlearn in this setting. This is where they will develop theirabilities and talents, to achieve their goals in the future. As such,the school environment has to be fully developed to enable effectiveimparting of knowledge to the learners (Quaye and Harper, 2014).Therefore, for the students to thrive in their education, thelearning environment has to be conducive. A positive learningenvironment may be unavailable in case of a poor set-up hencecreativity of the learners will be stifled. Both the focus of thestudents and the attitude of the teacher can be affected by numerouselements such as sitting arrangements and the wall art.
Thethird item is motivation. Teachers who are motivated have a directimpact on the learners hence it is vital for them to maintain apositive attitude. Students are likely to be directly affected incase the teacher has a negative attitude or is unmotivated. On thecontrary, a highly motivated teacher is likely to inspire students,thereby improving their performance and also changing theirperception regarding educational matters. For a better learningenvironment to be established, this cause and effect scenario has tobe fully understood by teachers (Kahu, 2013). Students are likely todedicate their effort and energy to complete the tasks allocated tothem. It will also determine their attitude, whether they will beenthusiastic or laid back. Furthermore, it improves attentivenessamong students given that it boosts their cognitive abilities.
Diversitycuts across all aspects within the society, including the educationsector. Students differ in numerous aspects, some of which includethe level of performance, the rate and style of learning. There’salso a difference in culture, ethnicity, local dialect and socialclass. All these factors have an effect on the instructions given tostudents. Before joining commencing their education, students usuallyemanate from different backgrounds from which they absorb numerouscultural aspects (Adams and Bell, 2016). In most instances, there areoverlapping elements as most students have been raised from a mixedcultural background. Gender, socioeconomic status, religion,ethnicity are some of the components which affect a student’scultural background. The conduct of students in the classroom isclosely linked to behaviors within their cultural setup. Forinstance, Standard English is usually the spoken language in mostschools. However, this can be difficult for students who speak otherdialects as their mother tongue. Therefore, it is important forteachers to understand the background of their students as this willfacilitate effective teaching, in addition to compliance with thebehavioral policies and expectations of the school (Entwistle andRamsden, 2015).
Inconclusion, instructions in the classroom can be successfullydelivered to students as a result of effective engagement from theteacher. It increases the likelihood of success in all school relatedactivities. As a result of attraction being attracted to their work,students are more engaged and determined to overcome any hindrancesthat would arise in their pursuit of success.
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