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List of Strategies to Keep Students Focused and on Task

Keeping students focused can be a daunting task. Many things contribute to inattention, ranging from an inadequate breakfast to a restless night's sleep. Regardless of the cause, teachers can use strategies that engage their students' focus and help them remain on task. Effective strategies use techniques that encourage students to rev up, participate and stay attentive throughout the school day.

Warm Up

Engage students in physical and Intellectual activities before teaching. Give them an ungraded pop quiz on material from the previous day.You can also ask them to perform exercises such as jumping jacks. Physical exercises help liven up students and help them stay committed to their tasks later.

Use Visual Aids

Provide visual aids, which will capture your students' imaginations, encouraging them to stay focused. For students who are visual learners, visual aids help them understand better, which also promotes focus.Effective visual aids are large, simple and relevant to what the students are learning.

Encourage Participation

Encourage students by asking questions about the class and assignments before and during task. A question asked by one student helps all of them learn and stay focused. Also ask questions that require the input from all of your students.

Set Deadlines

Deadlines for classroom assignments give students a time goal. Provide audible warnings throughout the period. Frequent warnings prompt students to stay on task.

Remove Distractions

A distracted class is an unfocused class. Identify potential distractions before it begins.


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