Summer is just around the corner! Now that temperatures are rising and a nice long break from school is on the horizon, your students may be having a bit of trouble focusing. It’s important to structure lessons at this time of year a little differently, in order to capture the attention of your students whose minds are already on summer fun.
5 Tips to Keep Students Focused When Summer is Near
Are your students starting to get anxious for summer? Use these five tips to keep them focused:
- Enforce the Rules: As the school year comes to a close many teachers lighten up on the strict rules and classroom management techniques they’ve enforced all year. While it can be tempting to join in, resist doing so. Changing the rules only confuses students, making them think it’s okay to relax and not focus on learning ─ which of course it is not.
- Engage with Fun Lessons: Teaching students ready for summer vacation is likely one of the greatest challenges you’ll have this year. Pull out all stops when planning lessons, to create the most fun learning experiences you’ve had all year. Introduce students to engaging subject matter and present it in a fun way, so they’ll actually want to pay attention.
- Get Outside: Instead of watching the sun stream in through the windows all day, take your students outside. Whether your entire lesson is centered on the great outdoors or you simply take your them out for some fresh air, getting outside for a little bit relaxes their minds and helps them to have better focus once they’re back inside the classroom.
- Offer a Choice: Let your students choose their own projects ─ to a small degree. Give them the choice of two different assignments and let them decide which one they’d like to complete. Offering a choice in the matter makes them feel more in control, helping them to stay motivated.
- Give Rewards: Nothing inspires students to perform at their best capacity better than rewarding them for a job well done. The reward can be offered to the group as a whole, such as the chance to win a pizza party or watch a movie together. However, it can also be a simple individual benefit, like receiving a sticker.
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