This week grade five students are practicing concentration skills. KIS education addresses more than content or subject area knowledge and one important part of the learning process is being able to focus on the task at hand.
Elementary school counselor Klara Jaeger encourages mindfulness during the school day. In grade five, students and teachers are talking about the value of doing one thing at a time, especially as multitasking is being discredited as a useful way to learn or work. To make concentration practice fun, try one of the games found at Brain Spade.
Today in Mr. Keshaw’s class, students played a game in which they had to keep green dots on the green side of the screen and blue dots on the blue side. At each level, the number of balls to track and the speed of their bouncing increases. Mr. Keshaw’s class had two visiting teachers and the three of them moved among the students, talking about the game, pointing to the screen, saying what to do next.
A few students caught on. The teachers were distracting! Mr. Keshaw took that moment to ask the class to pause. Isn’t this what we sometimes do when we are learning? We are working but also talking, usually about something else.
Let’s encourage one another to try doing one thing at time. See if we are able to concentrate better if we limit our distractions.
Text and photos from Sarah Marslender. Thank you to Jay Keshaw and Lucie Cunningham.