Don’t you wish you could just wave a magic wand that would – alacazam! – make your students less distracted & more focused?
Well it’s not quite magic, but I’ve got a tip for you that should do just that.
Have them clear their desks.
Yep, that’s it.
Here’s what I mean…..Your students should only have on their desks what they are currently working on right now. Taking notes? They just need their notebook and a pen. Working on a group project? They certainly don’t need that stack of books from their other 5 classes.
Simple require students to put everything (and I mean everything) they don’t need on the floor.
It’s amazing how many distractions you will cut out when there’s not a stack of books on the desk for them to hide stuff behind. You name it – cell phones, other classes’ homework, notes, food, all of that stuff is way harder to hide when all they have on their desk is one notebook and a pen.
It’s amazing how many distractions you will cut out when there’s not a stack of books for students to hide behind.
And, even better, it’s less distracting for them. I don’t know about you, but when I’ve got a whole bunch of things strewn all over my desk, those things tend to pull my attention.
So, starting tomorrow, you’ve got a new policy. Everything that they don’t need goes under the desk.
You’ll have to remind them. And remind them. And remind them. (And remind them some more). But it will be worth it – and eventually they’ll even get used to it.
Have you tried this technique in your classroom? What else do you do to help your students focus?
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