Best practice tips for attention

Best practice tips are strategies that have been evaluated in other settings, target a relevant factor (such as a teaching style that lowers student anxiety), or is considered best practice by experts in the field.

Schedule and alternate activities

Consider giving tasks that require higher concentration earlier in the day. Mixing high- and low- interest activities throughout the day may help keep them interested. Breaks after finishing each small task may help with their attention.

Provide choices

Giving students choices in their work can increase engagement. Consider letting them write, draw, demonstrate or talk to demonstrate their learning.

Tailor the assessment approach

Some students may need extra time for reading or writing, or a scribe or reader. They may need to enter and re-enter the examination room (with supervision) to take breaks.

Use audiotaping

Some students may find it very challenging to follow large amounts of verbal information. With permission, audiotaping may allow them to review verbal information at their own pace.

Obtain student voice

Check in with students. Some students may need adjustments to the teaching pace, their goals or the level of support given.

Consider the use of word processors

Students can type instead of handwriting notes and answers.