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How to Get Kids' Attention Back

If you teach today's kids, you know how quickly you can lose their attention. It only takes a few seconds for them to zone you out. This is partially due to the world they live in. They have tons of information coming at them all day. As they try to decipher all the messages and information coming at them, they have learned how to quickly scan the information and either engage with it or move on to the next message.

And if you're like me, I'm sure you've had them zone out while you were teaching. You know you've lost their attention when they start squirming or looking away or talking among themselves.
So when you lose their attention, here are 10 quick ways you can get their attention back and re-engage them with what you are sharing.

Can You Hear Me Now?
Pause from what you are teaching and say this in a normal voice level.
"If you can hear me now, clap once."
(Let the kids clap.)
Lower your voice and say it again.
"If you can hear me now, clap 2 times."
(Let kids clap twice.) Lower your voice to a whisper and say this.