I have to be honest, it's hard for me to focus also. When I see the snow start to fall all I can think about is building snowmen, snowboarding and throwing snowballs for my dog, Zibby, to chase. Because of this, I understand that it is hard for students to focus also. This brings me to the following question -
What am I doing to ensure that my lessons are just as engaging as the outside world?
A mindshift is needed in schools...
In order to stay relevant in students' lives, we need to be making real connections to them. In math class, it could help students to be more focused if we make up a word problem related to a basketball game coming up - or in reading to pull articles that align with students' interests. It's not realistic any longer to expect students to forget about the outside world. They have too much going on! As a teacher, it's my job to meet them where they are, and bring them into the classroom.
Celebrations in class lead to engagement.
I was at a conference this summer and someone asked the audience (a group of teachers), "Are students learning because of, or in spite of school?" I'm working hard to ensure that my students are working because of school
Have a great day, everyone!