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June 08, 2018 Friday 11:12:45 AM IST

4 New Strategies to Grab Their Attention!

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Class room teaching is always a challenge. The teacher has to constantly try out new strategies to grab the students' attention. Here are some methods the teacher can try out.

1. The Desire Method:

Student needs to immediately feel the benefit of the content you are teaching. When you show a benefit, you create desire. And where there’s desire, you hold attention.

For example, learning about the American Revolution could show them how to be an effective leader, how to bring about a movement of change, the principles of starting something new (whether it’s a company or a country or an app), etc. Or, the better a student is at Mathematics (whether it’s 4th grade math or advanced geometry) the better they’ll be able to Code (which is all about math and algorithms) and create innovative businesses and technology.


2. Feel The Pain:

The second best effective teaching tip is to have students feel the pain of missing this benefit. The pain is always the emphasis of lack. So if the benefit is Attention, the lack of Attention is the pain. 

The best form of pain is proof and/or giving a specific example. If Steve Jobs had mastered the leadership secrets of George Washington would he have been fired from Apple? Who are people you know who were worse off because they lacked the knowledge you’re about to gain?

3. Create Anticipation:


Most teachers start the year by saying something general like, “This year is going to be great, you’re going to learn all about….” – classic mistake. Instead, build up the benefit, value, pain, lack and top it off with a Preview: “…but you’ll only learn the 4 secrets to George Washington’s Leadership Success in a few months…”

Think Hollywood. They never just release a movie, it’s against attention hacking DNA. Every movie ever released from Hollywood is first launched with a Preview. You go to see a movie and before that movie begins – you’re shown 5 movies that are’Coming Soon’. Then you see the Preview again on TV or YouTube and you can’t wait for it to come out because of all the anticipation they created for you.

4.Teach with VAK:

There are 3 main types of learners – Visual, Audio, and Kinesthetic. To really master effective teaching, notice which type your students are. Visual is seeing the material, Audio is hearing the material, and Kinesthetic is feeling the material. Meaning, the optimal learning environment is NOT to sit passively waiting for a lecture to end. The IDEAL learning environment is when the Student sees, hears, and feels the material themselves.


Try out these four strategies in the class room and let us know the changes you notice.

(Indebted to various sources)


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