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.