We’ve probably all noticed that students sit up and pay more attention when we tell a personal story or use humor during our lectures. A new study by Dr. David Rosengrant (Kennesaw State University) addresses the issue of student attention in the classroom. Essentially he finds that students pay greater attention when:
- The professor verbally presents information that is not on the powerpoint slides.
- The professor uses humor.
- The professor moves closer to the students in the classroom.
I would agree with all three. Students see no need to pay close attention if all is on the powerpoint, enjoy hearing stories and humor, and get a little nervous (and more attentive!) when we move closer to them. All good tips for teaching.