Reclaiming Concentration in the Classroom: A Book Study Series on Stolen Focus for K-12 Educators
January 31, February 21, March 27, April 24, May 22
$190 (includes cost of book)
5 CTLE Credits
Facilitator: Kurt V. Hassenpflug, NBCT, Curriculum Coordinator, WSWHE BOCES
In this five-session book study, participants will explore Johann Hari’s book, Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention - and How to Think Deeply Again, and discuss its implications for K-12 education. In the book, Hari writes, “In the United States, teenagers can focus on one task for only sixty-five seconds at a time.” The implications of this in the classroom are staggering. But how did we get here, and what do we do next? Over five one-hour sessions, participants will delve into specific chapters of the book to develop a comprehensive understanding of the challenges of attention and distraction in the classroom and uncover practical strategies to nurture deep thinking and focused learning among K-12 students.
*Registrants will be mailed a copy of the book as part of the cost of registration.
We will discuss:
The relevance of Johann Hari's Stolen Focus to K-12 education.
The critical importance of attention and deep thinking for student success in the modern classroom.
The challenges of distraction and the impact of technology on student attention.
The science and psychology of attention and its application in teaching.
Strategies to address distraction and cultivate focused learning in the K-12 environment.
How to develop practical, age-appropriate classroom strategies to promote deep thinking.
Potential challenges and solutions within K-12 educational settings.
How to create action plans for implementing the insights and techniques from the book in the K-12 classroom.
Resources, lesson plans, and teaching materials aligned with the strategies discussed in Stolen Focus.