A Simple Tip for Getting Students to Listen Better

As we all know, 60 minutes isn’t a lot of time to teach a lesson. Sometimes having all the supplies out on the tables before students arrive makes sense. However, one problem I’ve seen art teachers discuss in AOEU’s Managing the Art Room course is that students are totally distracted by those supplies when they are trying to introduce the lesson!

So what can we do? How can we have supplies ready AND get our students to listen without burning through precious class time? Make sure to watch the video to see how a simple lunch tray can help.

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How do you encourage your students to listen to you?

Do you put supplies on tables or wait until you’ve given directions? Tell us which option fits you best and why in the comments!

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Jennifer Borel

Jennifer Borel is one of AOEU’s Adjunct Instructors and Academic Advisors and a former AOEU Writer and elementary art educator. She runs her own photography business and is passionate about students exploring the medium.

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