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Ways to Keep Students Attention Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

7 Ways to Keep Students’ Attention

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.


Teachers know it can often be difficult to keep students’ attention, especially in a more tradit­ional classroom. Learning styles, personal techno­logy, and the collab­orative spirit are some of the things teachers are adjusting to. Thus, as our learners have changed, the teaching enviro­nment has changed to accomodate them.

Although teachers understand that to keep students’ attention they must both connect and inspire, it can still be a struggle. As such, they need methods for grabbing the attention of their kids and keeping it fixated on meaningful learning in any classroom. Take a few tips from this infogr­aphic from Reading Horizons called Seven Ways to Increase Student Engagement in the Classroom.

1. Use the 10:2 method

Allow students 2 minutes to process and respond for every 10 minutes of instru­ction. Try things like having them ask a question they have or discussing the content with a fellow student.

2. Incorp­orate movement into your lessons

Movement makes for better bodies and better brains, so get their blood pumping. How about having them stand as they ask a question, or demons­trate a problem on the whiteb­oard? Simple movements like this can be refreshing and stimul­ating for them.

3. Pick up the pace

Today’s kids don’t respond as well to slower instru­ction and more tradit­ional chalk-­and­-talk delivery. Want to really keep students’ attention? Keep your instru­ction dynamic and brisk. This energizes your kids and engages them to respond and become as interested as you are. After all, enthusiasm is infect­ious.

4. Provide frequent & effective feedback

As we’ve said before, proper feedback is an essential part of learning and assess­ment. When done in an empowering and constr­uctive way, it keeps students motivated to progress and succeed. Give feedback frequently that empowers them to move forwar­d—take some tips from this article.

5. Allow students 5-7 seconds of ‘think time’

Allow students 5-7 seconds of ‘think time’ when asking a question:
Make sure students have time to consider options and respond to questions. Some will be quicker than others, so use your best judgement as to what are reasonable wait times.

6. Students use 3-2-1 method of summar­izing

At the end of a lesson have students use the 3-2-1 method of summar­izing: This is a great quick assessment tool that works amazingly well. Have learners write down 3 things they learned, 2 intere­sting things, and 1 question they have. Next, they can share these as a class or in smaller groups.

7. Period­ically pause mid-se­ntence

This is similar to above only you do it randomly throughout your instru­ction. This gives students a chance to absorb and process what you’ve said. Additi­onally, it gives them a chance to come forward with any questions they have.

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