Keeping Children On Task May Be Easier Than You Think
No one says that keeping 30 nine year olds engaged in learning is simple, but as a school teacher, that’s what you’re expected to do among a whole host of other tasks that, at the end of the day, seem more like accomplishments that rival achieving peace in the Middle East. Unfortunately, some teachers add to their own obstacles by not paying attention to simple design rules that can help children stay focused on what’s being taught instead of on every possible distraction.
First, choose classroom furniture designed to help kids switch focus easily. We found a terrific example in the Downview Desk manufactured by Versa Products, Inc. Designed so students can see the front of the room and their computer monitors at the same time, this clever construction actually mounts the monitor below the work surface under glare-free glass. No more hiding behind a 17-inch screen and gazing off into an abyss. Give yourself the ability to see your students at all time and know when they’re “getting it” and when they’re not.
Second, arrange desks in a U-shape as opposed to...