Distractions are the enemy of the teacher. Even an innocuous airplane outside of class can unravel all the learning done in one sitting. Kids are generally lured away from the flow of a lesson by distractions large or small. The point to remember is that you need to be able to steer the back into the flow of the lesson. There are several ways to do this and every teacher has to see what fits for their style as well as the needs of their class.
Today I focused on talking about jobs with my kids. I let them know that a job gives them power. Instead of living off a small check that just pays the rent, a job can enable a better living and therefore more freedom. They understood the power of a job and realized that, while many years away, it would be the denominator of success down the road. In short, it means buying for yourself the things your parents won’t or can’t.. This is a powerful “lure back” because it connects to the academics. If they pay attention to the lesson and gain knowledge from it, they are more likely to get that job they dream about when they are older. I explained over and over how what we are doing was related to their job. It’s a small step, I know, toward maturity but today it worked and held their attention well.