teachin' school

teaching tip 19: they have the attention span of a gnat.

there’s this thing education professors teach you in college…teach your lesson in 20-30 minute increments.  meaning, switch it up.  this is a good idea.  but there’s one better – the attention span of the kids in your class is directly related to their age.

for example, a 14 year old has the attention span of 14 minutes.  a 10 year old can last for about 10 minutes.  my principal told me about this idea a few years ago.  it does make sense, i realized.  my seniors can do an activity and focus on it for about 17-18 minutes before they need something different.  you may think this is a crock, but it’s not.  it’s totally true.  of course, sometimes it’s shorter or longer depending on outside conditions and their emotions that day.  but for the most part it works!

now, this means that you will need to plan differently and for more activities.  it is difficult sometimes to break it down, but it’s important.  and it will make a difference.

3 thoughts on “teaching tip 19: they have the attention span of a gnat.

  1. I just went through some of your teaching tips and this is by far my favorite! I’ve never heard it, but I can definitely see how it’s true! How long have you been teaching?

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