One of the biggest challenge teachers face nowadays is students not being attentive. All their efforts and hard work are going down the drain if the students are not attentive in class. Studies have shown that only sixty percent of the whole class is attentive during lessons.
Different students have different types of capabilities; that means these students will have different grasping powers, understanding time, calculating speed, etc. So here are some ways to make your students more attentive and be their friend.
Keeping the class attentive
A refreshing start
Always start a class with a fresh environment. Don’t always indulge in individual tasks. Try to be different by giving group tasks; this method can make sure that every student is being included. This will induce the spirit of teamwork among the students.
Different types of tasks
There are a lot of tasks which will not only make the class interesting but also make the students participate. Some of these ways are:-
- Arranging a question-answer session after each class which will make the students listen the whole time.
- Arrange different group activities and later emphasize on what you think was best in each cluster. This will boost up their confidence.
- Hear them out. Listen to what they think about other student’s work.
- Taking a short break to bounce on an exercise ball and outdoor playtimes will be helpful.
- Taking a small snack break would also be a good idea.
Be interesting throughout the lesson
You have to make sure that you create an exciting environment for the student to be attentive. That can be by
- Building curiosity for learning by giving “teasers”.
- Ask question after every 2-3 paragraph to any random student among the class.
- Give different examples of their favorite cartoon or video game to build up interest.
End class with a small assignment
For the final ten minutes find out what students think about the lesson, what are their views, what they found most interesting during it and tell them to sum it up on a piece of paper. For effective participation consider grading it.
Sometimes teaching can be stressful. But being a friend instead of a teacher will help a lot. Children mostly struggle to pay attention, but when they’re given a task they are view-as challenging or hard, they’re even more likely to abandon before truly trying. There is always a way, and the above-mentioned ways would help you in making your students more attentive. After all the first step towards learning is paying attention.