I am sure we all will agree to listen is that the most difficult task that one must perform. Who wouldn’t wish to be lost in ‘La La Land’ where we will eat whatever we would like, be the superhero we would like to be, visit places that haven’t been explored and usually be during a happy place.
Then we hear “Attention please! “ which disturbs our comfort zone. it’s a phrase that we’ve heard all our lives ..as children, as adults …wonder why ??? Attention is the key to any learning process. It’s a cognitive skill that will help children to adults to achieve school, at work, and in their relationships. it’s easy to concentrate on tasks that we enjoy and are exciting to us, whereas it’s difficult to pay sustained attention to tasks that aren’t interesting to us. Some attention strategies within the classroom help teachers to urge the attention of each student.
Paying attention depends on various factors – physiological, emotional, social needs, age, interest, internal /external stimuli, environment, aspirations, etc.
At our CBSE schools in Chikkabanavara we as teachers need to specialize in a couple of aspects of ‘Theory of Attention’ or attention strategies which may give us an insight into our learner’s way of learning: –
So how can we grab and sustain attention as teachers during a classroom to maximize learning?
Following Points are The Attention Strategies In The Classroom And Tips-
At our CBSE schools near Hesaraghatta main road, our Teacher claps in a rhythmic manner,and students repeat the same. The teacher makes variations in her number of claps, students pay attention to the change in the number & rhythm of claps. It is followed by the children giving the same response.
Class, Yes + Voice Modulation
At our School Near Hesaragatta Teacher says, “ Class class”. Students reply, “Yes yes”. The teacher modulates “ Class class” in different ways and students to match “Yes yes” accordingly.
This strategy encourages learners to concentrate, be alert, answer and avoid chorus responses. Once an educator has asked an issue, the student who is prepared with the solution gives eye contact with the teacher, she then throws the ball to him. The student then throws the ball to his peer who wants to answer next and has given him eye contact.
We can teach older learners to regulate their thoughts by being conscious of what they’re doing and refocus on this. This is often the most strategy to grab attention within the classroom.