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Forget your troubles, come on, get focused

Research shows that engaged pupils become happier and achieve better results. Clare Jarmy says it's time to pay attention to the power of, well, paying attention

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I was lucky during teacher training: few things came entirely out of the blue. One thing that totally floored me, though, was that students never truly focused, not even on short tasks. What my mentor said stuck with me: children’s attention spans have become fractured. When they watch TV, they’re also checking their emails, searching online and replying to instant messages. They need lots of structure to focus completely on a task.

I’m no Luddite; I'm not making a point about about technology, nor am I portraying a generational problem. This is not confined to Year 8 compulsory one-lesson-a ...

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