Do you remember the days of sitting bored, possibly with a touch of drool coming out of the corner of your mouth as you sat in a three hour long lecture? Maybe that was a while ago, maybe it was only last year. Either way, you know what I’m talking about, right? The glazed look, sitting for a long time, mind possibly blank or wandering ceaselessly…
Well, guess what? Your students go through it, too. Even the little ones. Except they start chattering nonstop and hitting each other, though the drool is still in the picture. High schoolers, same. They get restless, start talking, aren’t paying attention, etc.
Keep them moving, keep them on their toes so they never know what’s going to happen and it forces them to STAY AWAKE! Whether it’s lightning rounds of charades, pictionary, Guess Who, I Spy, or for the younger ones a TPR (total-phyiscal response) song, break up your classes with brain breaks. They say that the length of a child’s attention span is equivalent to their age. While it’s just a fact that kids need to sit, focus and learn, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be trying to keep them fully engaged and interacting while they do so.