Hello, all! I am a first year 7th grade social studies teacher. This year, I have had a routine for my students: vocab, guided notes (answering interactive student notebook questions in between each section) and a hands-on activity after the lecture. The students and I both liked this routine at first, but now I feel it's getting a bit stale. I try to make the slideshow during lecture more engaging by including pictures and videos, but I'm losing them. I've tried to just have them get the information themselves, but I fear that they are not learning the information on the same level as if I were just giving it to them. Does anyone have any suggestions on ways that I could have the students be in control of their own learning, but them also getting the most out of it. Thank you!