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Attention Span

Pick a chair!

Sit down, get ready and LISTEN UP!!!

Attention span. How’s yours?
Can you sit down and listen for more than 5 minutes? 10 minutes? 30 Minutes?

I know a lot argue that they just can’t listen because they have a focus deficiency problem. I do believe people suffer from this, but really, for the most part, people decide on their attention span. Yep, it’s like one of those many things you have to make a decision about. Do I listen? Do I not listen? How long do I pay attention?

Really you are thinking: IS THIS WORTH MY TIME? Is this interesting? What will I benefit if I listen to this?

One of my students told me today that I talk in circles. Haha! This makes me laugh, because what she called talking in circles was actually what a lot of teachers do when trying to teach or demonstrate something. I was repeating myself. I had demo’d a new project and basically went over it more than once, trying to explain it in a different way each time. Some students still heard nothing I said even though they appeared to be attentive.
Some, like this student with their comment, listened to everything! It’s their choice to listen. I know this. I don’t give up on them. Yes, it’s frustrating at times and I wish the chair they were sitting in or something could wake up their bodies somehow to perk up and listen better, but I do love what I do even if I only have a few students who REALLY listen.

Attention span. How’s yours?

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