Publication Date

Spring 4-28-2024


School of Education


Education: Elementary/Middle


attention spans, engagement, classroom, technology, social media, teachers, students, physical activities, hands-on supports, small group instruction, shorter lesson times, making intentional mistakes, flexible seating, seating placement, differentiation


Curriculum and Instruction | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Methods | Educational Psychology | Educational Technology | Elementary Education


Attention spans have been decreasing throughout society for many years, partially due to the constant increase of technological advances. The average human attention span of eight seconds is particularly concerning to teachers and others in the classroom. It does not seem that the average attention span is ever going to increase, so teachers must implement intentional methods and strategies within their classroom to keep their students’ attention. Physical activities, technology and hands-on supports, small group instruction, shorter lessons, making intentional mistakes, flexible seating, and differentiated instruction are all strategies supported by research to improve student engagement within the classroom. Every classroom will respond differently, so teachers will benefit by incorporating the set of methods that work best for their students.