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Developing Control Over Attention

Developing Control Over Attention

Developing Control Over Attention

All Kinds of Minds
All Kinds of Minds
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Launch date: 07 Oct 2014
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Last updated: 09 Dec 2020

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Martha Dorow (4 Dec 2020)
retake the course so I may retake the "exam."
Mrs Mary Simmons (25 Nov 2020)
Contains an abundance of helpful strategies
Heather Terrell (12 May 2020)
This course was way more interesting than I had expected it to be. The handout was helpful in determining the most important information. There are a lot of great tips for helping your students maintain attention. Very useful course!

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If students are asked: "What does it mean when someone asks you to pay attention?" they might say, "It means to concentrate," or "It means to look at the teacher." When asked how they might concentrate harder on the teacher, a typical response might be: "Just pay attention more." But attention is much more than just "paying attention."
Attention is a system of controls that can help students with such things as working consistently each day, focusing on the right details when reading, and thinking ahead about what to say. Every day, students are expected to use their attention skills to succeed with school work, control behavior, and relate well to others. Different students will show different strengths and weaknesses in this area. For example, some students might find it easy to concentrate on information that isn't very exciting, but have a hard time staying awake while sitting still.
Helping students understand the different controls of attention and ways to strengthen all aspects of attention can increase their success throughout life.


Help students understand the different controls of attention and ways to strengthen all aspects of attention.
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All Kinds of Minds
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At All Kinds of Minds, we are passionate about learning. About giving teachers the knowledge to reach all their students. About the science of learning. About seeing every student reach their potential – fully!
By building expertise around how students learn, we can transform schools. We can put the knowledge of how to help students where it belongs – in the hands of teachers. And we can prepare all kinds of minds for success in school and life.

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User Reviews (165)

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Martha Dorow (4 Dec 2020)
retake the course so I may retake the "exam."
Mrs Mary Simmons (25 Nov 2020)
Contains an abundance of helpful strategies
Heather Terrell (12 May 2020)
This course was way more interesting than I had expected it to be. The handout was helpful in determining the most important information. There are a lot of great tips for helping your students maintain attention. Very useful course!
nikki knowles (11 May 2020)
excellent awareness of the importance of student attention & how it directly impacts learning and future success both in school & beyond
Mr Jesus Rodriguez (3 May 2020)
A very informative course.
Dolores Barrientos (29 Apr 2020)
The guide made it really easy to keep reading, the information was super useful and helpful. For me, something that I struggle with since I talk too much would be pacing myself to facilitate comprehension. In order for my future students to have appropriate periods of time for comprehension, I have to slow down to their level. Or at least to a level that will be easier for them to understand yet still challenging. I already knew I wanted students to be able to elaborate on questions they felt passionate about or just a question they found easy that was going to help them with their self esteem.
Raelyn Johnson (28 Apr 2020)
This course was great and very easy to follow!
Sonia Rubio (25 Apr 2020)
Thank you!
David Enoch (24 Apr 2020)
Basically, timing is everything to maintain attention
Christina Diggins (22 Apr 2020)
Lots of very useful
Katherine Aguilar (20 Apr 2020)
The information and examples are useful for application in the classroom and for teaching different learning styles. I found the navigation difficult and the wording to be a bit vague and some ideas repetitive.
Francisco N Morin (14 Apr 2020)
Yes I though the session was great, The part that I liked was mixing lectures with reading and hands-on activities.
Amanda Lucas (13 Apr 2020)
I had some trouble navigating this course but the information presented was useful
Lauren Lively (8 Apr 2020)
This training seemed like it had potential to be really useful, but the way it was written made it hard to follow, and it was fairly redundant, repeating a lot of the same information in different sections. It was also a little bit complicated to navigate through, as I had to close the window after each section and re-open the "notes" page to locate the link for the following section. It was worth it for my 3 hrs of credit, but I can't really say that I enjoyed it!
Khaliah Peterson (2 Apr 2020)
Valerie Ross (1 Apr 2020)
This course provided excellent suggestions to individualize instruction for all students.
Stephan Rybicki (27 Mar 2020)
Actively fill in the outline blanks from each of the course topics' articles.
Janet Maurer (27 Mar 2020)
This course is very informative and I can see myself using many of the suggestions in the classroom and at home with my own children.
Jessica Mendoza (24 Mar 2020)
I really like this course because it provides you with helpful hints and strategies that you can use with your students. They can also be easily implemented in the classroom.
Allison Han (24 Mar 2020)
Awesome information!
Dana Woodrum (17 Mar 2020)
Good information. Easy to follow.
Mrs Christy Christensen (3 Mar 2020)
Great information
David Maldonado (12 Feb 2020)
Very thought provoking about dealing with the attention of students.
Allison Strempke (8 Feb 2020)
I enjoyed all the helpful tools it gave you to help students that need to develop control over attention. I will be implementing some of these in my own class.
Patricia Schoppe (22 Jan 2020)
The vocabulary used in the course and notes was a little vague at times, and the exam reflected that, as well.
Kathy Wells (19 Jan 2020)
I enjoyed this material and found it helpful.
Heather Guijosa (17 Dec 2019)
There was a lot of valuable information presented in this course. I believe it will be useful in my classroom in the future.
Lance Claborn (3 Dec 2019)
Great course to help understand the development of attention and give practical ways to accomplish that.
Andrea Stolle (14 Nov 2019)
Useful information, presented in a easy-to-use format. The study guide was very helpful!
Such great information! Loved the study guide format of this lesson.
Stephanie Johnston (12 Nov 2019)
Worthwhile course. Includes useful strategies I plan to use immediately.
Mr lamont glenn (3 Nov 2019)
very infortive information to help in classroom
Jennifer Backlund (25 Oct 2019)
Lots of helpful information.
Rachel Cortez (21 Oct 2019)
Very detailed presentation on how to engage all students, thereby increasing learning and comprehension.
Ms Isela Agundis (12 Oct 2019)
I LOVED this training! I will definitely use the ideas within this book with my students. I'll begin immediately.
Tasneem Hassanali (26 Sep 2019)
A good course to understand children's minds, capabilities and how to make students self managers and take ownership of their learning while the teacher serves as a provider and guide.
Mrs Erica Baker (19 Sep 2019)
There was information over many sub topics to keeping attention of your students. I thought that the examples listed and more in depth detail was useful to relate to a real classroom situation.
Ariel Johnson (18 Sep 2019)
I enjoyed reading different ways to engage students, but some of the information was redundant.
Tammy Sapp (17 Sep 2019)
Very easy to understand! Great resource
DeeAnn Elizondo (8 Sep 2019)
great information
Keli Kayser (27 Aug 2019)
A ton of practical information
Colleen Ihrke (26 Aug 2019)
This course if full of great tips and recommendations for helping students develop control over a tendency towards inattentive behaviors... It gives practical advice to allow them to gain the control needed to succeed.
Mrs Traci Willingham (18 Aug 2019)
Great training!
Sheila Bosworth (9 Aug 2019)
Helpful real-world strategies that can easily be implemented in the classroom to assist students in gaining control over attention.
Sarah Hunt (4 Aug 2019)
Very helpful for keeping the attention of middle school students!
Jennifer Teel (25 Jul 2019)
michele nelson (24 Jul 2019)
Enjoyed the course.
Kristi Sollohub (16 Jul 2019)
Provided me with information I can take back to the classroom.
Marie Cleverley (16 Jul 2019)
I could not find a link to the book at the end of the lesson, so I went on-line and found the book to be able to do the lesson.
Erika Wegenka (16 Jul 2019)
Working with mostly younger children, I never thought about the importance of developing control over attention and how to teach it to my students. I loved it!
Mrs Claire Molnar L (2 Jul 2019)
I loved the information given! It's a great reminder of what to do with those struggling students.
Scarlett Macoy (22 Jun 2019)
Very informative!
Jordan Griffin (17 Jun 2019)
Catherine White (6 Jun 2019)
I love the self-paced environment.
Holly Mullins (30 May 2019)
Very informative and applies to all classrooms!!
Stephanie Jobe (26 May 2019)
Very useful information
Dawn Cervone (8 May 2019)
This was such a great course
jd walton (24 Apr 2019)
This has helped me to become a much better teacher, understanding students
Mrs Mary Hime (17 Apr 2019)
The course was well-organized and informative.
Crystal Moore (13 Apr 2019)
It was an interesting perspective
April Lamb (12 Apr 2019)
This was a great lesson. I like how it gets me to think about it from a students perspective in a way. This course allows you to tweak certain things to help you become a better teacher.
Kelvin Spikes (5 Apr 2019)
The Information in the course was actually very information.
Melissa Dominguez (14 Feb 2019)
Great way of learning about student attention and focus!
Elaina Erwin (11 Feb 2019)
It's useful to consider attentiveness in a different light - we use "Pay attention" so often in a blanket way.
Amy Vandeventer (28 Jan 2019)
I appreciated the way this was organized.
Christina Floyd (14 Dec 2018)
It took a little while for me to learn how to navigate the course, but overall the information was useful and encouraging, with many practical pieces of advice.
Myia Griffith (9 Dec 2018)
As a veteran teacher, I found that this course gives practical insight and useful strategies that I can implement in upcoming units. I wish I had taken this course before the school year began.
Carrie Guadarrama (2 Dec 2018)
I will be using some of the strategies I've learned today
Billy Vandervoort (18 Nov 2018)
Paola Cruz (18 Nov 2018)
Had to take a course for my certificate. It was a really helpful course, I loved it.
michaela brandt (18 Nov 2018)
This was easy to understand and I plan to use these when I teach. I took this course for my teacher education degree plan at college.
khuyen tran (16 Nov 2018)
Doing the notes is very helping. Help hint: Open the pdf link and go back by right click and choose the option to go back.
Dee Adams (12 Nov 2018)
This course was informative and has many things I can implement in my classroom.
April Navarro (13 Oct 2018)
This class was very informative. I plan on purchasing the book to have it for future reference and impliment strategies within the classroom.
Mr Aaron Couch (3 Oct 2018)
The notes were organized, thorough, and directly related to the assessment.
Mrs CATHERINE FIELDS (23 Sep 2018)
The notes were helpful, however understanding the material needs to be found on the website is tricky.
Braden Hunt (21 Sep 2018)
I had no idea that mental energy was seperate from ones general energy level. Love the strategies suggested. I will definitely put this to use!
Tara Shumar (13 Sep 2018)
This course was very helpful and relevant, and the website had great material and is a useful resource as well.
Mrs Shirley G. Ward (12 Aug 2018)
Very good information.
Corina Laraway (7 Aug 2018)
The content was excellent, but poorly organized. The link in the slideshow is enough to get you to the site, but even one more sentence to alert the course student that they would need to basically conduct a scavenger hunt and search for relevant pages for the sections on the study guide would help. These pages are not linked to on the page that the course URL sends us to. This would allow US, as your students, to be able to plan effectively, to scaffold the time management, previewing, and organizing skills that the course touts. This course has fantastic information, but I would not be surprised if many teachers decline to finish this course based upon this poor presentation.
Nancy Smith (28 Jul 2018)
This course was helpful, activating lots of ideas and processes to implement in the classroom.
Ken Miller (4 Jul 2018)
The questions are taken from very small sentences that are very difficult to find even after reading.
Camila Cruz (29 Jun 2018)
What happens with this course? After I read the introduction of 7 pages then it wont go the the course itself.
Felicia Aguilar (26 Jun 2018)
Awesome refresher!!!
Mrs Rosa Iannuzzi (21 Jun 2018)
Very informative course.
Jannette Westbrook (20 Jun 2018)
Good information as in some classes kids struggle with being alert or with processing issues.
Mrs Monica Aguilar (11 Jun 2018)
Great information!
STACY GRIGG (7 Jun 2018)
Great information! Enjoyed this class.
Pattilyn Wilkinson (4 Jun 2018)
The specificity of the questions on the test were a bit much.
Linda Paschal (30 May 2018)
LOVED this course. I am NOT an auditory learner, so the video classes are less interesting to me. I loved the way this course was designed and a learned a great deal!
Sarah Jennings (30 May 2018)
User-friendly and easy to complete exam.
Christopher Bowman (25 May 2018)
I’m not really sure this course taught me anything I didn’t already know, but it’s not bad for beginners or teachers that could use a mental refresher if they’ve gone stale in the classroom.
Sylvia Jones (25 May 2018)
Good and useful information
Delbert Harmon (21 May 2018)
Very detailed and comprehensive.
Brian Riley (16 May 2018)
Very informative.
Courtney Slater-Nelson (8 May 2018)
This was very helpful and I will use these methods in my classroom.
Selecia Watson (4 May 2018)
It was a good course to help me learn how better keep the focus of my students
Melissa Goins (2 May 2018)
I like the idea of having a rubric and past year's examples for students to follow to help guide those that are struggling.
alexander linares (30 Apr 2018)
I cant believe we haven't learned of this research sooner. Great and useful research.
Guadalupe Novak (22 Apr 2018)
I liked the helpful tips portion of the course! Really provided great ideas on how to help students focus and succeed.
Michelle Shepherd (21 Apr 2018)
The All Kinds of Minds article on Developing Control Over Attention is a fantastic resource for teachers looking for easy, free, and effective strategies that can be incorporated immediately into any grade level classroom!
Tryna Smith (19 Apr 2018)
Colleen Brumme (15 Apr 2018)
I love the helpful hints. I leaned a lot about tapping into the students potential and hold them accountable in most cases.
Suzanne Rothman (14 Apr 2018)
Very few Professional Development opportunities are as seamless and clear in their questioning. I appreciate the clear and straightforward questions.
Sherri Echols (2 Apr 2018)
Couldn't find the information on the site to use to answer questions as stated on the ATPE site. I had to use my own knowledge to take the test. I learned nothing and am disheartened as I was looking forward to this.
Natalie Music (29 Mar 2018)
This course was really eye opening. It gave me some fresh ideas to pace my lessons for maximum engagement from all students.
David Taylor (28 Mar 2018)
Ms Angela Luke (8 Mar 2018)
Interesting and helpful information
Kimberly Northup (6 Mar 2018)
This course provided some very useful information that can used in the classroom to get results right away. I would have preferred a pdf that I could print rather than having to toggle back and forth between screens.
Randi Watson (27 Feb 2018)
As teachers it is important we understand ways to better reach all students.
Krista Morrow (21 Feb 2018)
User friendly
Meryl McClure (10 Feb 2018)
Standard fill-in-the-blank style notes were easy to comprehend. Not a particularly dynamic class, which is kind of funny, considering the content is all about changing up methods to increase learning.
Melissa Almand (3 Feb 2018)
Hannah Stinson (2 Feb 2018)
Lot's of information. It was easy to read and understand.
Mrs Heather Loop (26 Jan 2018)
Extremely well-written, self-paced course. I've bookmarked the site to reference in the future as it has a wealth of ideas to help our students in all aspects of learning.
Denise Littlejohn (2 Jan 2018)
Good points are made and lists of helpful suggestions are included. I did find it to be very repetitive.
mary crean (31 Dec 2017)
repetattive information, caused me to be confused
Mrs Mikeela Hudson (18 May 2017)
This course is an in depth guide on how to teach time management to your students.
Marla Perez (12 May 2017)
Very useful information on how to utilize different tips on how we as educators can apply different strategies to help our students maintain their full focus; and how we can educate our students to apply many helpful strategies to maximize their attention to complete tasks especially challenging ones
Mrs Kimberly Clark (11 May 2017)
I love the idea of this presentation, but I didn't hear any concrete information on how to help different kinds of students in the classroom.
Jonathon Cobb (11 May 2017)
I thought this course was very useful. I teach Physical Education and these techniques can be used for my gym classroom as well. Thank you for the support!
Stephany Goodwin (8 May 2017)
Very confusing to navigate at first, so I will leave a tip for future users: Open the notes .pdf provided in the slide, and click on each LINK within the .pdf to get the information to fill out the notes. Great course otherwise!
Adriana Shed (8 May 2017)
I was required to take this for my educator prep. program.
Mrs rebecca harris (6 May 2017)
it took me a minute to figure out how to properly navigate through the course.
Tina Littlejohn (2 May 2017)
The method of learning (all reading) was not holding my interest, but overall the course is OK.
Mr Charlie Perryman (2 May 2017)
I really appreciated this course and liked the way it was presented.
April Smith (27 Apr 2017)
This training was very helpful and informative.
Mrs Jill McKee (26 Apr 2017)
It is so important for students to be able to self-monitor their learning. When we say, "Pay attention," students need to know exactly what that means. This course provides comprehensive strategies to keep students fully awake, fully engaged, and fully in charge of their progress. Great information!
jeff coop (21 Apr 2017)
Mrs Heather Lipscomb (19 Apr 2017)
Great course. I learned a LOT about maintaining attention and giving structure to my lessons.
Mrs Julie Sholl (11 Apr 2017)
Very informative course! I will enjoy implementing a lot of these strategies in my teaching.
Bethany Leadon (11 Apr 2017)
Very informative and useful information.
Angela Hamberlin (10 Apr 2017)
Very beneficial content.
Ms Catherine Gabler (7 Apr 2017)
It was very informative!
Mr Mark Kesselring (3 Apr 2017)
So good wow.
Mrs Kennie Wilcox (31 Mar 2017)
This was a great course because it is not a common topic but it is important.
Bethany Hayes (30 Mar 2017)
Good information - but the initial set up of the course was confusing and I found it tricky to initially find the actual course information.
Latreasa Brown (29 Mar 2017)
Great course and the information was valuable.
Mrs Melody Daniel (15 Mar 2017)
Very useful information on how to help students develop the habit of maintaining their attention in the classroom.
Mrs Katherine Shevchenko (14 Mar 2017)
A great source of resources and very useful information to help students develop good attention habits.
Mrs Donna Hedges (10 Mar 2017)
Very informative! Broken down into useful & easy to understand categories!
Mrs Ryan Griffin (5 Mar 2017)
VERY helpful information that can be easily applied in the classroom.
Mrs Kobi Taylor (4 Mar 2017)
This was a very good lesson, and one that can be implemented immediately.
Mrs Sarah Tschoepe (3 Mar 2017)
Introduces attention effectively and how it affects students. Gives practical strategies on how to maintain attention in the classroom and its importance.
Mrs Nicole Cozadd (2 Mar 2017)
This was very helpful by giving specific strategies for how to help students engage in their learning and to maintain their attention, both by internal and external means.
Mrs Sonya Butler (28 Feb 2017)
I found the wording on quiz to be confusing. I read over all the information and watched all the videos, while the information I learned was fabulous, I felt the questions on the quiz were tricky.
Mrs Julianne Doughty (13 Feb 2017)
I really enjoyed the content of this lesson! It provided some excellent concrete ways to help students increase attention and come away from a day in the classroom with improved learning and retention.
Mrs Angeline Brown (10 Feb 2017)
This was very helpful, as many of my students have attention issues. As a Special Education teacher, I constantly look for ways to maintain better attention from my students.
Ms Staci Fowler (7 Feb 2017)
I am currently working with preschool age children in a Montessori setting. Anything relevant to age range of 2-5 would be greatly appreciated.
Mrs Karen French (4 Feb 2017)
important suggestions to keep students engaged
Mr Ernesto Carreon (1 Feb 2017)
Excellent strategies for helping students be more attentive so they can be more successful in their education!
Mrs Kimberly Nowell (23 Jan 2017)
This was a wealth of information on how to help students engage and participate in their learning. Great ideas. I'm a little overwhelmed, but encouraged to try some of these ideas.
Ms Shermel Tillman (11 Jan 2017)
Great strategies!!! All of the information provided is relevant and beneficial.
Mrs Bethany Gamez (6 Jan 2017)
Valuable information.
Ms Kacy Wilson (3 Jan 2017)
This course was enjoyable and well developed
Mrs Christy Greer (31 Dec 2016)
Great workshop -- valuable and useful information!
Mrs Courtney Davis (21 Dec 2016)
I like the outline and how it laid out how to make our students make more of their time. I know in Kinder we have to do brain breaks often to keep them attentive to the lessons. We also have to model and lay our specific outlines for them since everything is new to them.
Mrs Christa Hilliard (27 Nov 2016)
I enjoyed this course and found it to be very helpful. I will use these ideas when engaging students.
Mrs Patricia Peyton (20 Nov 2016)
Good ideas to facilitate learning. I will use some of these strategies in my classroom.
Mr Francisco Torres (18 Nov 2016)
Excellent overview of cognitive needs of students.
Melanie Lewis (1 Nov 2016)
Good read!
Mrs Jennifer Williams (1 Nov 2016)
very good
Mrs Debra Kagle (1 Nov 2016)
The course provided some very pertinent information on helping keep a child's attention throughout a lesson or project. Recommendations given will be easy to implement in my class room. I noticed that I already apply many of the strategies given and can't wait to try the others.
Mr Dale Shaulis (30 Oct 2016)
The information was very pertinent to what I was seeking to find, and will be implemented on Monday morning, Keeping my students' attention has been an ongoing goal, and it was refreshing to see that many of the things that I do with my students is right on track, but now I have the research and knowledge to understand how and why it works. i would recommend this module to any of my colleagues.
Mrs Julie Ibarra (27 Oct 2016)
Interesting information about keeping students' attention.


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