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Nigel Coutts

Encouraging Persistence - The Learner's Way - 4 views

    "Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race." ― Calvin Coolidge Growing up, I had a copy of this quote on my wall. It is one of those things that stuck with me over the years. For a long time I might not have truly appreciated its wisdom. Now as a teacher in times of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, its significance seems to have grown. When we can instantaneous consumers of the all of the worlds information, as we access anything and everything at the speed of light, how do we learn the value of persistence?
Martin Burrett

10 Tips to Keep Pupils' Attention - 17 views

    "Sometimes, it is just necessary to stand in front a group of children and speak to them. It's not the strongest tool in a teacher's box of tricks, but speaking to groups of pupils is hinged with one notable problem - keeping their attention - especially if you are trying to get key points across to help their learning.  However, these ideas - adapted from, can easily be amended for classroom situations, and are worth exploration in ensuring attention is kept by the majority of pupils"
Deborah Baillesderr

Through Your Child's Eyes Tool | Learning Disabilities - Understood - 64 views

    This site has tons of wonderful information for both parents and teachers on learning issues. This part of the site has actual simulations on what students with reading, writing, attention, math and/or organization issues experience everyday. I can't tell you how many times a parent has said, "I just don't understand what is going on." in a meeting. This will help them experience what their child is going through on a daily basis. It's wonderful for teachers to experience these simulations to remind themselves of how difficult it is for our struggling students and how very brave they are to show up everyday in our classrooms.
Roland Gesthuizen

How to Focus More in Class: 11 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow - 112 views

    "Slacking off during class isn't only a bad habit, but it's also very detrimental to your grade! Focusing in class really proves to teachers that you are a capable student but it also shows that you have got a solid level of maturity and self control, which will be very important in your future life. Read on to find out more about "How to Focus More in Class" "

Video Games help Children's Attention, Multi-tasking and Eyesight | - Supp... - 22 views

    Interesting Research
Don Doehla

Refocusing Students: How to Get Their Attention Back | Edutopia - 80 views

    "Did you know that when reading, one's mind will wander 20 to 40 percent of the time while perusing a text, regardless of whether it is a book, blog, email, narrative, essay, or anything else? This is one of many fascinating findings reported in Dan Goleman's new book, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence and it calls us to remember that students can't learn what they are not paying attention to. "
Steven Szalaj

Schools need to teach students to maintain attention - - 6 views

    Schwartz is a professor of social theory and social action at Swarthmore College.  Here he presents a case for working at sustained attention in schools.
Martha Wilding - 22 views

  • they were waiting for a time when the videotape material seemed less important and not likely to be on the test. Those students were using their metacognitive skills to decide when was a good time to be distracted and when it was important to focus
  • "focus" on classroom work for 15 minutes.
  • no need to be internally distracted since an opportunity to "check in" will be coming
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  • gradually lengthen the time between tech breaks
    Author describes study that showed that middle, hs, and university students were highly distractible by technology and were anxious if they could not check their devices. He described a strategy called "tech breaks" where students are allowed to check devices and social media for a minute and then to focus on school work for 15 minutes as a way of improving their metacognitive skills. 
    I wonder if using technology in the classroom - integrally - would mitigate some of the anxiety and/or increase attention. I wonder if there are other teaching/learning strategies we might employ that would increase engagement such that students would be distracted from their distraction...

Contemplative Pedagogy | Center for Teaching | Vanderbilt University - 42 views

    variety of resources and contemplative activities focused on higher ed setting but adaptable.

Stop Telling Your Students To "Pay attention!" | Brain Based Learning | Brain Based Tea... - 194 views

  • ive students a stand up break of 30-90 seconds (the “pause”) to give them mental processing time for the content.
  • “Fast writes” develop focus (save the editing for later).
    This article is pretty cool! Good find!
Steve Ransom

Internet Amplifies the Dumb Stuff That People Do - Room for Debate - - 6 views

    It takes time to read/listen to smart stuff and process it. So, dumb, mindless, silly stuff circulates much more easily and quickly.
Gloria Maristany

Motivating the Child with Attention Deficit Disorder - 3 views

  • live very much in the present. Therefore, long-term goals and rewards (e.g., grades and report cards) are often ineffective motivators.
    • Gloria Maristany
      Reason for immediate rewards/consequences.
  • basically two time frames — now and not now.
  • This Now/Not Now worldview causes great frustration for the child, his teachers, and his parents, and must be seriously considered when designing activities and approaches for motivating the child with ADD.
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  • respond more positively to a curriculum that allows him choices and options. He will also be more likely to participate actively in tasks when there is a degree of creativity and novelty
  • the presentation should be creative, colorful, multimodal, and enjoyable.
  • pervasive and complex disorder that impacts nearly all of the child's activities and interactions.
  • The child's impulsivity ("Ready, fire, aim!") can present serious safety concerns; his distractibility makes it extraordinarily difficult for him to understand and follow instructions; his memory difficulties make even rote learning troublesome; his executive processing problems (ability to plan and prioritize) present great challenges when he attempts to plan simple daily activities; his organizational deficiencies cause him tremendous problems with homework, household tasks, and long-term projects.
  • two most important words when dealing with these special children: "support" and "challenge."
  • The adult should continually challenge the child by presenting him with activities designed to improve his behavior and his learning, while simultaneously providing him with the support that he requires to meet these goals. Support without challenge is meaningless. Challenge without support is equally ineffective.
  • Among the specific teaching strategies that may foster the child's motivation are:
    Good description of the limitations they have and how it affects them in school.
Tracy Mendham

How Little Sleep Can You Get Away With--New York Times - 68 views

    Over several days of 6 hours of sleep or less, attention and performance steadily declined among subjects in the studies. The evidence indicates that we can't get away with as little sleep as many of us think we can, without sacrificing cognitive performance and safety.
Steve Ransom

Attention versus distraction? What that big NY Times story leaves out » Niema... - 51 views

    The web is a space whose very abundance of information - and whose very informational infrastructure - trains our attention to follow our interests. And vice versa. In that, it's empowering information as a function of interest. It's telling Vishal that it's better to spend time with video than with Vonnegut - simply because he's more interested in editing than in reading. Vishal needs needs no other justification for his choice; interest itself is its own acquittal. And we're seeing the same thing in news. While formal learning has been, in the pre-digital world, a matter of rote obligation in the service of intellectual catholicism - and news consumption has been a matter of the bundle rather than the atom - the web-powered world is creating a knowledge economy that spins on the axis of interest. Individual interest. The web inculcates a follow your bliss approach to learning that seeps, slowly, into the broader realm of information; under its influence, our notion of knowledge is slowly shedding its normative layers.
Ed Webb

Is Technology Making Your Students Stupid? - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Educa... - 59 views

  • what the evidence suggests is that, unless it's very carefully planned with an eye to how the brain processes information, multimedia actually impedes learning rather than enhances it
  • a very balanced approach. Educators need to familiarize themselves with the research and see that in fact one of the most debilitating things you can do to students is distract them.
  • the risk of using search for online research is that everybody gets led in the same directions to a smaller number of citations which, as they become ever more popular, become the destination for more and more searches. And ... he suggested that simply the act of flipping through paper copies of journals actually may expose researchers to a wider array of evidence.
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  • l it a questionable classroom
Steve C

Parents Toolkit: Resources - 35 views

    Benjamin Scullard (an underline between rand & scullard) Yahya Abdul-Basser Kelvin Fernandez Terell Long Brayan Lozano (Mom promised to give the family's email address to me today) The following resources offer material you can use to become more informed about learning differences. They encompass a broad range of viewpoints and approaches to the issues. The list is compiled from books, Web sites, and multimedia that we consulted during the production of this Web site, or that our advisors recommended. Further guidance about how to find resources in your community is offered below.
Steve Ransom

Your Brain on Computers - Attached to Technology and Paying a Price - - 35 views

    We really need to think seriously about how WE ALLOW ourselves to be changed by new tools and their capabilities... Good read here.
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