“Starve their distractions and feed their focus”, is the mantra to keep students engaged. Students returning to school after a break are distracted and distressed, this takes away their focus from learning and the teacher’s focus from teaching, and the process of teaching-learning is affected.
Here are a few tips to help both learners and educators to overcome the hindrance:
Try to understand the reason for the shift in behavior, sometimes students just want to be heard and understood by us. A little compassion goes a long way.
Always encourage students; affirmations motivate students to show their best behaviors.
Having self-reflective conversations help the student understand what went wrong and how it could have been better.
Maintaining friendly eye contact while teaching keeps students attentive in class discussions.
Setting rules before you begin to teach makes students aware of the expected conduct.
A surprise class quiz at the beginning or end of class can keep them hooked throughout; also setting healthy and meaningful consequences will help.
Allowing students to roleplay (as a teacher) will instill empathy and appreciation for the teacher’s efforts.
All the best teachers!!!!!!
High school biology teacher