This blog started as part of a requirement of a distance course on neuroscience and education.
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Monday, January 28, 2013
ON "PAYING ATTENTION"
I think that
our daily challenge is to get to a point where students (in my case elementary
school students) become intrinsically motivated to pay attention because "they
need to solve a problem or answer a challenging question" or they need to
write a note giving an opinion on something they care about" or because "they
want to test a previous idea" or
because "they want to be part of something with their classmates" or
because "they expect certain serious feedback on their work" and so
forth. In my experience this seems to be the case when I work with Content and
Language Integrated projects. Most students get motivated to learn about
authentic content and they need the language/grammar to express themselves, to
convince others, to publish their work, to post their work in cyberspace and
more. I am sometimes astonished to see how many students ask for the language
they need (really paying attention) in order to express themselves.
This, of course, works when we are careful to consider all the opinions (in different formats, not only orally but also by inviting them to write, to make mind maps, to draw, to write cartoons,
to finish incomplete ideas.......and more). I would also add the topic of
"being patient" to listen, to refrain from correcting before is time
to do so, realizing and being aware that our opinion and our reactions as teachers are fundamental to keep the right
learning atmosphere and their valued attention.