The basics of engaging students. People talk about all these fancy strategies for student engagement and inclusion, but it’s pretty simple - just talk less. If you do, amazing things will happen. You’ll realize you like your students more than you thought you did. Your students will like you more than they thought they did. They will like coming to class. They will stop you in the hallway to say hi. They will do their homework more often, and with more quality. They will tell other teachers that they like you. You will like your job more. And you’ll find that the inverse of this graph is also true: the more they talk the less bored you will be.
Give them some control over what to study. Put them in front of the room. Ask them for help with rubrics. Have them write your tests. Bring in an expert. Have them interview each other. Have a seminar — but whatever you do, for pete’s sake, talk less.