Any full-time teacher or educator will tell you that maintaining the interest and attention of primary school children is very difficult and requires a multi-faceted approach. It is not enough to simply get children to concentrate but the lesson needs to spark their imagination and critical thinking skills and help them apply concepts they have learned to the real world around them. Using conventional tools therefore such as ready-made slides or a mundane lesson plan may not be the best approach.
An Interactive And Thought-Provoking Store Of Knowledge
Primary teachers need to employ a varied and diverse lesson plan to keep children engaged in their studies. This often means offering a lot of variety such as a visual lesson one day, a verbal one the next, and learning activities at least a few times a week for different subjects. Generally, the younger children are, the more easily they respond to real-time experiments and educational demonstrations of key principles.
Theoretical knowledge is never a strong suit for a primary school student because they simply have not developed the retention and analysis skills used in later stages of school so lessons need to be a healthy combination. Primary school teachers can also do a version of fieldwork, observation, and experimentation for lessons related to basic science for example. Teaming children up in groups for academic activities can not only strengthen their social skills but also allow them to look forward to school and different subjects.
Most relevant research says that the average adult’s attention span (their full concentration and cognitive involvement) is somewhere between 45 minutes to an hour and then their focus rapidly declines. Children are even more precarious than adults and require planned breaks in order to sustain concentration over several lessons in the span of a school day. Make a point of scheduling breaks and encouraging children to either take a nap (as they do in schools in Japan) or do something like a Rubik cube or meditate. Their overall learning will be improved and stress-free.
As a primary school teacher do a warm-up exercise before you start each lesson as that also helps optimal engagement from the students. You can ask them questions such as what they did after they went home the previous day, their hobbies and interests, and so forth. This gets them involved with what is going on in class and they are likely to be more interested in the lesson that follows afterward.
Enable The Imagination:
When teaching primary school children use both Edtech programs and traditional interactive approaches for maximum effectiveness. Encouraging your school to purchase 3d printers for classrooms can be a big step in giving students printed materials to revise their lessons from and allow them to also make dioramas and other educational projects applying what they have learned. ‘Dead Time’ is a phenomenon when there is less input and interest exhibited by students and preventing that from happening means allowing imaginations to run wild. Teachers should still give clear instructions but let the student interpret each lesson and project in their own way.