Some psychologists claim the typical attention span of a human is approximately the number of years in age. It's natural for student attention levels to vary according to motivation, mood, perceived relevance of the material, and other factors.
How To Capture And Hold The Attention of Students?
There are specific tactics we could be employing in our instruction to keep students interested and alert for longer periods of time. Active learning methods may have ‘dual benefits’: engaging student attention during a segment and refreshing attention immediately after a segment.”
The two most commonly employed active learning methods were demonstrations and questions.
Tricks for Capturing Students’ Attention
1. Keep it multi-modal: We all learn more efficiently when information is presented to us in multiple modes, i.e. visually, auditorily, kinesthetically, etc
2. Engage the senses: Italian educator Maria Montessori demonstrated how powerful it can be to let children see, touch, hear, smell, or taste what they’re learning.
3. Make them laugh: Nothing wins attention like a good joke. Students listen to teachers who know how to incorporate humor into their material.
4. Use attention rituals: Use phrases like, “One two, Eyes on You ”; “ Hocus Pocus, everyone focus”, “Give me five” or use a bell
5. Cross lateral exercises: Forming a sleeping eight in the air using the thumb. Some stretch exercises [like thumbs out, thumbs in, elbows out, elbows in, turn around and twist.] and clapping the hands.
6. Brain Breaks: Brain breaks are a great classroom management tool to use regularly in your classroom. Brain breaks are short, 1 to 2 minutes, activities that can give students a break from schoolwork. Brain breaks give students a chance to get up and move around.