6 Clues to Capturing Kids' Attention in the Classroom

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Combat glazed eyes and disruptive behavior with these teaching tips.

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1. Cultivate a Culture of Achievement

Teachers need to create a culture of achievement in the classroom. For any subject, teachers should find a challenging, yet attainable goal and select a creative avenue by which the students can work toward achieving it. This will help engage and motivate the students to do their best. Teachers should also try to foster an environment where learning is “cool” and asking questions is expected. Monitoring student progress will also help students stay focused and remain invested in their learning.

2. Incorporate Your Kids' Interests into Curriculum

The type of instructional strategy influences student engagement. Students are more invested in their learning when they are actively involved in the process and their interest are actually incorporated into their education. This could involve hands-on activities, longer-term projects, or group assignments. Student engagement is further increased when students are able to relate to the material. Teachers should help their students draw connections between the material and real life situations.

3. Support Your Students

Students are able to increase their academic achievement and engagement in school when they experience teacher support. Teachers care about their students' success, but it is more than just telling students how great they are. Teacher support should not be solely focused on the highest achievers. Encouragement needs to be given to those who show academic growth and improvement. Teachers should also work on gauging their students’ strengths and weakness and finding areas to improve.

4. Encourage Parental Involvement

Schools and teachers should work on increasing parental involvement in their child's education. Parents are much more willing to be involved if they see the school as a welcoming and inviting environment. Parents can easily be integrated into the school atmosphere, but can also offer support in the home by monitoring homework assignments and encouraging class attendance.

5. Make School a Safe Zone

Students need to see schools as their safe haven. Students who do not feel safe a school have difficulty concentrating in class and absorbing any of the material. Schools can create a safe environment by consistently enforcing school disciplinary action, having a support staff that is accessible to students, and providing violence prevention programs.

6. Help Kids Get In Extra Practice

Extracurricular activities allow students to form strong support systems among their peers and teaching staff. Students who are more exposed to these structured activity setting are more likely to be engaged in class. These can include sports teams, volunteer activities, or clubs.

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