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Have you been pondering how to get students to pay attention in class, despite all of the modern technological distractions?

Have you been pondering how to get students to pay attention in class, despite all of the modern technological distractions?

A past issue of the National Higher Education Advocate (NEA) contains an article entitled “Thriving in Academe: Reflections on Helping Students Learn” by Jim Therrell of Central Michigan University. The article provides teachers with a short list of tools to help keep students focused on learning and not distracted by the internet, smart phones, Facebook, etc. Tools included:

  • Getting students attention and not proceeding without it (e.g., adjusting voice from loud to quiet, choosing a student at random to ask a question).
  • Having students focus on one sentence that is the thesis of the course goal or asking them to choose which learning objectives they wish to focus on in the course.
  • Thinking and acting visually (e.g., create a concept map).
  • Explaining why and demonstrating how the subject manner is meaningful.
  • Delivering clear expectations, including accountability (e.g., tell students explicitly what is expected of them).

For the entire article please click here and proceed to pages 6-9.

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