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Reclaiming Concentration in the Classroom: A Book Study Series on Stolen Focus for K-12 Educators

January 31, February 28, March 27, April 24, May 22 
4:30-5:30 p.m.

$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.

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