Engaging Students for Meaningful Learning

Nate Brown Blog

Interacting creatively with lesson material is an extremely effective route to meaningful learning because it engages students. At 30hands, we realize the difficulty and the impact of keeping students engaged. Many teachers have their own methods of drawing students in, but all too often students remain indifferent to the lesson before them. In the 10th grade I had a teacher, Mr. Hardy, who used unorthodox methods to engage the class. His ways were peculiar, but his lessons were unforgettable. You can read more about it here. It was 7th period, the end of a long day at Cold Spring Harbor High School. As we filed into our sultry physics classroom, a wave of apathy fell over the class. Every one of us felt the lethargy take its hold, and some students could bare it no longer. “Mr. Hardy, we don’t want to do anything today!” several students chimed as our physics teacher bound vibrantly into the room. Mr. Hardy joked and prodded affectionately at the class to muster some focus. … Nothing. We refused to budge. Mr. Hardy looked at us, realized this, and rather unexpectedly said, “Fine! You know what, that’s ok! But if we aren’t going to learn, then we are going to have some fun!” Right then, he pulled a desk forward from the first row of desks in the classroom, as if to create a driver’s seat for the rest of the rows of desks. “Give me just one minute!” He shouted out to the class, disappearing into …