#45 Reveal answers one at a time to direct focus
If you don't, your students might be thinking about something else
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Recently I was watching a Year 7 maths lesson where the students were working on the following set of questions:
Through her circulation, the teacher had picked up that some students were struggling with Question 6 as they were not lining the digits up properly.
The teacher projected all the answers on the board and told students to mark their answers with a green pen:
She then proceeded to address Question 6.
But there was a problem. Her students’ attention was elsewhere. Some were still doing the marking. Others were discussing their answers to other questions with their partner. The explanation the teacher gave to Question 6 was not heard by many of her students.
The lesson here is a simple one. What is visible is what students are likely to be paying attention to. So, if there is a particular question and answer we want students attending to, it is a sensible idea to remove anything else.
The easiest way to do this is to reveal just one answer at a time, so students’ attention is firmly focused on the current question. An even more powerful way - although you might need to be an animation whizz - is to ensure only the current question and answer are visible to prevent students’ attention from wandering back to previous questions.
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