Whether a class consists of nine-year-olds, teenagers or adults, it is very important that everyone is able to focus throughout the session. People are unfocussed for many different reasons. They may have a mental, physical or behavioural delay, problems at home, poor diet, be stressed, Attention Deficit Disorder, a short attention span, lack passion for academic work, or may simply be bored in the classroom.
Whatever the reason, a teacher must find ways to keep their students engaged in the lessons at all times. Here are some useful ideas for teachers to use before or during lessons to keep students wide awake.
Students must spot the differences between two almost similar pictures. This game is fun and engaging. It requires deep concentration and observation. Teachers can set a time for the students to complete the task and reward the first three winners with tokens.
This is an effective ice-breaker for any classroom. Students tap into the vocabulary drawer in their brain while they dissect a word and juggle the letters around to make smaller words. The teacher can write a word on the board say “PARTICIPATE” and ask students to use the letters in the word in any order to find as many words that are three letters or more. Some examples of words are “cap”, “cape”, “pat”, “part”, “eat”, “ate”, and “pirate”. The game must be done in a scheduled time and the student with the most words should be rewarded a token.
Tease the brains of students with a word that looks like gibberish but happens to be an actual word when the letters are rearranged. Students become engaged as they struggle to quickly unscramble the letters before their classmates. This game is fun and challenging for students especially when there can only be one winner.
This game requires deep focus as students must find the words hidden in a forest of letters that run forward, backward, upward, downward and diagonally. Students must play this game within a set time and the first to finish should be rewarded a token.
This focus exercise allows students to calm down, take long deep breaths, clear their minds, and feel relaxed. It reduces stress, improves concentration, encourages a healthy lifestyle, and increases happiness. Students can meditate in silence for a short period just before a lesson begins or during to refocus their attention.