What do you do to get attention? Do you speak loudly? Do you cry “Ok, guys” or “Listen to me”? Or “Attention, Please”? If you use these methods, do they always work? I doubt. That’s why we should learn to get someone’s attention in a better way. Every teacher should be able to concentrate students’ attention on the lesson. When you are presenting something, it is necessary to get audience to listen to you. The same thing happens in the classroom.

First of all, to start your lesson, you should get students interested in what you are going to do. They should feel that you prepared something interesting, something that might be important for them and very useful.

Secondly, according to Monroe’s Motivated Sequence, you should satisfy their attention. Students pay attention to the lesson, and, of course, they want to learn something new and unknown them before. And the teacher can hold their attention in duration of a whole lesson through different activities.  You teach them, for instance, new words or new grammar that they will use in every day speech. That is the benefit of solution: enriching the vocabulary and accurate speaking.

Finally, you want students to use these new words or grammar in daily life. It doesn’t only refer to the new words and grammar, it can be accomplished with many other teaching materials as well.

However, the most interesting thing in lesson planning is time building. A teacher should be flexible to every changes might happen in the classroom. Imagine a teacher, trying to get students’ attention for 10-15 minutes, then, at last, she gets attention, and now she is trying to bring to student’s mind the theme, ..,  the solution,…,  call for action. If she spends so much time to get attention, how will she deal with the other part of the lesson?

So, dear teachers, do not spend your time in vain. Instead learn the effective ways of getting attention. And I want to draw your attention to the devices suggested by Stephen Lucas in “The Art of Public Speaking”.

Common attention getting devices:

1 Tell a short story

2 Ask a question

  • Rhetorical Question = Do not want or expect listeners to answer.
  • Overt-Response Question = Do want the audience to reply.

3 Make a statement that shocks, surprises, or intrigues

4 Cite a quotation

5 Arouse curiosity

6 Provide a visual aid or demonstration

7 Give an incentive to listeners

Explain how your topic relates to audience members lives and their own best interest

I hope, with the help of these devices you will succeed in planning your lessons in the classroom.