When students are actively engaged in stations or groups, it can be difficult to refocus their attention toward you when it’s time to return to a new learning activity. Instead of just asking students to focus or turn towards you, ask them to move into their “learning positions”. Teach your students what a good learning position looks like: chairs facing the speaker, hands-free of distractions, bodies and minds ‘leaning in’ to the new learning, and eyes alive with focus. This simple shift in language clarifies your expectations and makes transitions easier to manage!
What effect does this strategy have on class culture?