For effective teaching and learning, having students concentrate in the class holds utmost importance. Proper concentration in the classroom helps students to actively listen to the teachers, understand well, ask doubts when facing problems and become active participants.
Well concentrated students are in the good books of the teachers and also foster their interpersonal relations. For both teaching and learning success, it is necessary to make students concentrate in the class. But many students don’t pay proper attention which affects quality teaching and learning. Let us discuss some tips that teachers can follow to enhance students’ concentration levels in the classroom.
Tips for teachers to enhance students’ concentration in the classroom
- Use technology to teach
Understanding every theoretical and applicative topic from the textbook is difficult for students. Also listening to the teachers reading out the textbook material is boring for students. This can make them pay less concentration in the class. Therefore, teachers should not limit their teaching to textbooks.
Using online teaching apps and sites, teachers can access several audiovisual tools like educational videos, modules, demonstrations, picture cards, PowerPoint presentations, and more. With the help of visualization, students tend to understand the concepts better and quicker. Also learning becomes more attractive and engaging for students.
- Ask students to come to the classes regularly
By being irregular to the classes, students not only miss the topics being taught on that particular day but also their understanding of further lessons is also affected. The flow of learning breaks and students relate less to the current topics being taught. Lack of understanding and relatability can lead to poor concentration.
To avoid this happening, teachers should ask students to maintain regularity and punctuality in the classes. Using an institute ERP, maintain attendance records of students. See who all are frequently absent, ask them for valid reasons, and help such students to become more regular in the classes. This will help to seek a proper academic understanding and stay actively involved and concentrated on learning.
- Give break in between the classes
Many times teachers plan lectures that are of longer durations. Listening to the teachers continuously and sticking to learning for a long time can be tiring and hectic for students. The exhaustion makes students less concentrated in the class. To avoid this happening with your students further, make sure that you give a break in between. For example, if you have a lecture of more than an hour, give students a break of ten or fifteen minutes in between. This small break will be enough for students to relax a bit, have water, and re-energize themselves for attending the further remaining class properly.
- Have time for extracurricular activities too
Taking back-to-back academic lectures can be exhausting as well as boring for students. A whole day full of subject lectures can make students less interested in learning. This makes them pay less attention in the classroom. This monotonous way of teaching must be avoided. Teachers should have an extracurricular class every day.
For example, if students have five academic lectures planned for a day after three classes have time for extracurricular activities. Using a school LMS, teachers can easily manage some time for having extracurricular daily. This will provide students with a break from learning. It will be a fun time that will boost students’ energy and interest in further academic classes too.
- Keep asking questions while teaching
The teacher-centered approach of teaching, that is coming to a class, continuously explaining, and making students sit as mere listeners make students feel bored. Also, when students know that teachers won’t ask anything to speak or answer, students lose concentration in the class and get distracted.
To avoid this happening any further, avoid a teacher-centered approach of teachers and try to involve students in the class as much as possible. Keep asking some questions from students based on the topic being taught. When students know that the teacher asks questions, they tend to pay more attention and actively listen to the teacher.
You can also conduct interesting participatory activities like group discussions and recitations, said Glennis Perez, a leader in education. Perez holds her B.A. in elementary education from William Paterson University. In 2007, she received her M.Ed in educational leadership and instruction at the University of South Florida, Tampa.
Glennis Perez believes in the importance of collaboration in a safe and caring environment for all students. Glennis is invested in bringing people together in collaboration, using every stakeholder’s individual strengths to reach a common goal. She is currently pursuing her Ed. D in program development with an emphasis on educational innovation.
For successful teaching and learning, making students well concentrated in the classroom is very important. By following the above-mentioned tips, teachers can enhance students’ concentration levels. This will help to receive a proper academic understanding and do well in classroom activities and exams.