Why do any of us checkout? We’re distracted, thinking about something that is more important to us at that moment.
With kids, they may also be tired, not interested in what we’re talking about, or have a problem on their mind. Since we can’t peak inside their brains and even if we could, they might not know or be able to share what’s bothering them. The good news…we can take steps to attempt to engage them.
- Actions speak louder than words. Select hands-on activities that have a high interest for the students, activities that engage and interest them.
- Keep discussions and directions to a minimum so they can start to do things more quickly.
- Shift responsibility to the students. Participation will help keep them checked in longer.
- Provide opportunities for them to lead conversations and discussions. Seek their input on how well the activity helped them understand the task. That buy-in is key to keeping them checked-in.