It’s clear to see that the average attention span of a typical high school pupil is short. High school students simply don’t have the mindset to stay involved in a boring, dragging biology lesson or lecture while being crammed into a tiny classroom. The typical high school mind likes to be both challenged and entertained to ensure it absorbs just what the lesson is about. If it is not challenged and engaged, the mind wanders, loses focus and starts to shut down. Following are easy and subtle ways to engrave appealing approaches into the vast depths of biology that guarantees the average high school student (willingly) pays attention:
Group projects: No, this does not exactly mean pile a group of students with excessive and tiresome information and expect a spectacular project to follow suit. This simply means allow a small group of pupils (3-4) to brainstorm creative ideas on a project that displays both a sharp understanding of the content taught to them and an excellent portrayal of creativity, thought and care. This way, students are learning what is needed but are engaged in a fun, hands-on project that exercises thought and originality.
Dissections: This is a fine example of a practical, hands-on way to affirm that your students learn the anatomy and significant features of animals that they are supposed to. With careful instructions, your students should be able to successful dissect any animal from frogs to even tiny sharks while having fun. They should be able to fruitfully identify parts of the animal’s body and absorb knowledge from such a ingenious and intriguing task.
Quiz Days: Usually, the word “quiz” sends a shooting shudder up the average pupil’s spine. However, there are ways to make a quiz day fun. For instance, try making the quiz like an episode of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” with special prizes, such as pencils or erasers, or promises of extra credit as incentive for your students. Quiz days are a simple and easy way to get your students involved because the high school brain is hard wired to be competitive with other students. This urge to contend can work to your advantage as a teacher. Not only do the students strive to learn the trivia and important facts, they also are happily preoccupied with competition which clutches their full attention.
The above suggestions, paired with some inventive ideas of your own, can make certain that students are fully enthralled in the lesson and do not grow weary. With a more appealing classroom environment, students are bound to learn more and enjoy frequenting the classroom.