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CAT Fall Book Discussion: Distracted: Why Students Can't Focus & What You Can Do About It

THIS IS A PAST EVENT.

CAT Fall Book Discussion: Distracted: Why Students Can't Focus & What You Can Do About It

Why is it so hard to get students to pay attention? Conventional wisdom blames iPhones, insisting that access to technology has ruined students’ ability to focus. The logical response is to ban electronics in class.

But acclaimed educator James M. Lang argues that this solution obscures a deeper problem: how we teach is often at odds with how students learn. Classrooms are designed to force students into long periods of intense focus, but emerging science reveals that the brain is wired for distraction. We learn best when able to actively seek and synthesize new information. In Distracted, Lang rethinks the practice of teaching, revealing how educators can structure their classrooms less as distraction-free zones and more as environments where they can actively cultivate their students’ attention. Brimming with ideas and grounded in new research, Distracted offers an innovative plan for the most important lesson of all: how to learn.

This book group will meet three times this semester (9/14, 9/28 & 10/12) from 12:30-1:30 in ZSR 665 (Faculty Commons Classroom inside the Faculty Commons space in ZSR Wilson Wing). We will provide the book and lunch for the first 12 registrants. These discussions are very popular so we ask that you register only if you are available to attend all sessions.

Register for the Distracted book discussion here

Tuesday, October 12 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm

ZSR Library, 665 (Faculty Commons Classroom) ZSR Library, 1834 Wake Forest Rd, Winston-Salem, NC, 27109

Departments

Academic Centers / Institutes, Center for the Advancement of Teaching

Target Audience

Faculty, Staff

Website

https://cat.wfu.edu/support/forteache...

Cost

0

Contact name

Kristi Verbeke

Contact email

verbekkj@wfu.edu

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