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If you haven’t noticed, kids’ attention spans are continuing to shrink. Shrinking to the point where you may wonder if they have an attention span left.
capture kids’ attention, and then how can I hold their attention for more than 30 seconds once I’ve got it.
Worries - Share - Formula - Kids - Attention
No worries. You’ve got this. I’m going to share with you the formula for keeping kids’ attention.
Switch to being a facilitator instead of a lecturer. Kids are not going to sit still very long if you are a lecturer. The old school approach of “sit still while I download information into your brain” no longer works. Make an adjustment and begin facilitating the strategies you see below.
Attention - Span - Minutes - Minutes - Kids
Reset their attention span every five minutes or less. You have about five minutes to hold kids’ attention and even less the younger the kids are. You may be thinking, “If that is true, what am I going to do?” I have the kids for an hour. Here’s a key part of the formula. Every five minutes change and do something different. Resetting their attention span every five minutes works.
If you have a lecture part of your lesson, keep it to five minutes or less and then reset their attention span by having them do an activity or discussion. After they do that for a few minutes, go back to our verbal teaching.
Secret—instead - Class - Minutes - Sessions - Thing
The secret—instead of looking at your class as 60 minutes, look at it as 12 five-minute sessions. This one thing can be a game-changer for you.
Let them move, move, move and move. Kids are wired to move. Stop telling them to it still and be quiet. Instead get them involved in the lesson. Here’s an example. If you’re teaching a lesson about the Israelites marching around the walls of Jericho, have the kids get up and march around...
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