To what one gives their conversation and attention is that which that holds his priority.
How to address the engagement collapse? Request show and tell.
- Show me your grades.
- Show me your homework.
- Tell me what you are learning in first period.
- Tell me about your science teacher, I’ve heard she is difficult.
- Tell me what are on your walls in your classroom.
Creating a space for safe conversations that target show and tell responses may recharge the learning / attention process. If children come to expect a certain level of accountability for these type of conversations, more than likely they will be encouraged to respond.
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