US Faculty Conversation: Distraction
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US Faculty Conversation: Distraction
When there's an issue in class
Walter can support if discipline issue
Ask students to move/turn screens around and show them.
Students assess risk/benefit of making choice to be off-task. What's the risk to them? Consequence?
Do they know they need to stop? Has this been communicated to them?
"Screens up" for laptops makes it hard to see
Walk around class - be mobile!
Lecturing at board prevents teachers from walking around.
Some students use laptops for notes
Using tablets lets students put devices flat on table. No physical barrier, more screen visibility.
If the kids are getting the work done, are we concerned about distraction? Should we be?
Survey data says kids are affecting each other negatively. Kids are asking for help.
Must support the students who are asking for help.
We manage other behaviors which disrupt the learning environment. Is this any different?
Encourage kids to take ownership: Get up and move if someone is distracting you!
Civic/Social responsibility- What do we say about the norms of this behavior?
Fear of "I Don't Care" if we play this card.
This message can resonate more with US students.
You're making the choice to do something else, but what is it doing to your peers around you?
Physical Space/Class Layout
Inviting distractability by space and how we use it.
Tablets inspire movement/flexibility. Use these as advantages.
Lecturing from back of room is disorienting.
Hard to hear student questions.
No eye contact.
Have kids move room as transition through different activities.
When testing/writing, turn desks facing out so you can see all screens.
Some rooms aren't flexible-- Spanish rooms can't easily move tablets, for example.
Kids make choices about what's most important with their time. Is the lecture the most important thing for them to do?
Do they value that time/process?
Is it the most important way for that class time to be spent?
Distractability goes up when engagement goes down.
Competing with Mammalian nature/instinct-- we want the stimulus.
Not new problem-- kids have always been distracted. Don't view as a device-based challenge but fact of developing students.
Collaborative, generative work motivates students and exposes issues.
Working collaboratively puts peer pressure on students to stay on topic.
Communicate with Students
Remind students that multitasking is a myth.
Use mindfulness strategies.
Kids will make choices, but guide them to intentionality/mindfulness.
Acknowledge nature of distractability and coach around it.
Add distraction to elements of self-evaluation/reflection. Have regular reflective comments/conversation around it.
Example of movie theatre cellphone announcements: Keep repeating message and it will become habit.
Class management strategies aren't enough-- awareness needed for students.
Mindfulness and Attention/Focus are practiced skills--mental weightlifting. They must be built and developed.
Preparing them for college lecture halls. Learn it now so you are prepared.
Students Share Strategies
One student created "school-only" local profile with distractions turned off.
Turn off push notifications/e-mail notifications.
Schoology notifications are distraction in-class. How can we manage these?
Need more ways for students to share strategies and discuss.
Increasing Teacher Role
Students ask for increasing support, deriving their authority from that request makes everyone feel empowered.
Correlation between crappy focus, wasted time, late work and low quality products. This issue is connected to student performance.
MS iPad Policy
Came from ASB/student input.
Can US ASB take this on? Give survey to students and put this back on them to develop policies/guidelines?
Create more buy-in from students. Students don't believe that this came from them.