Make the lesson personal by inviting your students to place themselves in the middle of it. Ask questions like…
How would this make you feel?
How would this impact your family?
Does this impact your family today in any way?
Why would you like or dislike this if it happened to you?
What would you like or dislike about this situation?
What would you change? How? Why?
In subjects that are not religious, history, or science related, allow them to create or modify some of the examples and problems you cover in class. You’ll be surprised how much more focused and invested students are when the lesson is personal. And when they participate in making the lesson personal, they are more likely to think deeply about it and remember it.