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DISTRACTED: WHY STUDENTS CAN’T FOCUS AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT


What is 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.


Who is it for?

Instructors.


What can it do?

Keeping students focused can be diffcult in a world filled with distractions.

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.








Land, J. M. (2020). Distracted: Why students can’t focus and what you can do about it. London: Basic Books.