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My initial thoughts is that in a world where there are so many
amazing things and easy ways to connect, kids are not always
simply distracted, but sometimes they are just bored...
The best “classroom management” is engaging learning
opportunities no matter if you are 16 or 60.
I love the way George summarizes this statement as I feel like it was what has been floating around in my head for the last little while and I just wasn't able to put it into words. I honestly believe that the level of distracted students is not necessarily higher, it is that they now have a tool to combat boredom that is more obvious to us (and it is a tool that knows a lot more than us too!).
Before this, students still found ways to distract themselves if they were bored. They would doodle, pass paper notes (anyone remember those?), make paper airplanes, construct "weapons" out of pens and rubber bands, or simply stare out the window and daydream. Regardless of what the "boredom buster" tool students are utilizing, our question as educators should be, "How can I ensure that my lessons are more relevant and meaningful for my students?" instead of, "How can I make sure that my students don't bring (insert boredom buster tool here) into the classroom".