Classroom Activities That Keep Children’s Attention
It’s a problem as old as man himself, and has plagued every generation. Just how does a teacher keep the attention of a class with all of the distractions that are bound to occur? There are a few tried and true techniques to help with this dilemma, and you may need to employ all of them at one time or another.
Seat Easily Distracted Problem Children Strategically
If you have a child with a demonstrated deficit in attention, never seat them near a door or a window. Keep them away from any high traffic area, and be sure to seat them next to students who are well behaved. Make sure to arrange the desks where you can circulate freely, and easily reach all students. By moving about the room you have a better chance of holding the interest of all of your students, and you can easily correct a child who has lost their concentration.
Add Humor and Other Elements to you Presentations
There are several easy ways to add a little punch to a presentation. Invite a guest speaker. For a lesson on World War II, Korea, or Vietnam, invite a veteran with combat experience, that is willing to speak about this time in their life. If you’re teaching a lesson, and need to drive home a key point, draw some silly stick figures to illustrate the point, and you can even invite some of the kids up to do the same.
Whenever you can, you should make it a point to relate the lesson to things going on in the world today that they are aware of. If you’re teaching fractions, or percentages, you can relate to baseball or football statistics involving some of their favorite players.
Use a Variety of Teaching Methods
Nothing will put a child to sleep faster than someone in front of them talking for long periods of time. Make sure to get every single child involved by making each child read aloud. This will also help you identify those with reading problems. In math class, have them chant facts out loud, or have them make up problems for their classmates.
Take some time and make up a Jeopardy-style game board, with answers, and make the students respond in the form of a question. Give out cheap prizes to those who get right answers.
Ways Parents Can Help
As a parent, you owe it to your child to help prepare them correctly for a day of learning. It is your responsibility as a parent to make sure they take the time to do their homework every single day. Take away their phone, iPod, iPad, and other devices while they work so there are no distractions.
There are also many studies that show kids that spend time outdoors, do a better job of concentrating. So before they sit down to do a night’s homework, give them some time to play outdoors and see what kind of reaction it gets.
Use these, or use them as a keystone to create your own ideas on how to keep a child’s attention longer.