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14 Jan 2006 - 20:35
I've been thinking about entraining attention. Curriculum designers who are concerned with capturing & holding student attention often use speed and choral response. That's why KIPP & DI have scripted call-and-response lessons. The pace and the talking/chanting/rapping/rhyming (depending on the program) capture attention and hold it. That's why KUMON uses timed worksheets. Speed captures attention. How to Double Your Child's Grades in School teaches an active question-asking, text-highlighting, book-within-the-book-finding mode of reading to achieve the same goal: capture the child's attention, as opposed to relying on the child to force himself to focus. Here's another tactic:
Ohio High School Porn Homework Canceled
They were probably planning to spiral the assignment for the next couple of years.
off topic, but worth it When you Google 'pay attention' you get this:
Also this and this. pay attention!
update: a dog paying attention
Obviously this dog is not of middle-school age. In dog years, I mean.
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Why isn't the woman smiling back at the dog? He's paying such nice attention. Good doggy. -- CarolynJohnston - 14 Jan 2006
Isn't he sweet?? -- CatherineJohnson - 14 Jan 2006
I think she's smiling a little. -- CatherineJohnson - 14 Jan 2006
Catherine, have you ever learned any sign language? -- CarolynJohnston - 14 Jan 2006
Not for years....(I just knew the alphabet) — why? I love it, though -- CatherineJohnson - 14 Jan 2006