Working to your attention span
Time your attention and work to its limits! Sit down and time yourself reading a book. As soon as your mind starts to wander, stop the stopwatch. This is your baseline concentration span (e.g. 5 mins). When working, work non- stop for your designated time (i.e. 5 mins) then take a break equivalent to less than 25% of your working time (i.e. 1 min) get up and walk around – try and leave your desk. Then go back for another stint. Repeat this three times then give yourself a longer break (equivalent to 50% before starting again.
Tip for teachers: Give the children a 'brain break' it can be as simple as standing up and stretching or try some of these brain gym exercises:
1.OPPOSITE MARCHING: Stand or sit. Put the right hand across the body to the left knee as you raise it, and then do the same thing for the left hand on the right knee just as if you were marching.
2.LAZY EIGHTS: With one arm extended in front of you and your thumb pointing upwards trace the shape of a figure eight in the air. The eight should be on its side and as you trace it out in large, slow movements focus your eyes on your thumb. Without moving your head trace three eights in successively larger movements.
Limiting distractionsCheck that your work area is free from distractions. It could be as simple as turning your desk to face the wall rather than out into a busy office. Try have only one project on your desk at a time to maintain focus.
Tip for teachers: Make sure work spaces are clear of clutter and ensure they can see the smart board clearly from their desk or table.