Why are my students not listening to me?

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Nicole at Apple Tree Resources
Why are my students not listening to me?

We've all had those frustrating moments where our students aren't listening to us. But what do we do to fix it? In this episode, I share two strategies that will help you command your classroom and get learning back on track. Tune in to learn more!  


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Hey there, fellow educators! Welcome back to another episode of "Let's Chat Teaching" with me, your host, Nicole Sanders. Today, we're diving into the heart of a challenge that every teacher has faced at some point: why our students sometimes seem to have selective hearing.

I don't know about you, but there have been countless moments in my teaching career where I've stood in front of a classroom, pouring my heart and soul into a lesson, only to feel like I'm talking to a brick wall. It's frustrating, it's disheartening, and it's something that we all can relate to.

So, let's cut to the chase and explore two simple yet powerful strategies that can help us command the attention of our classrooms like never before.

First up, we have the waiting game. Picture this: you're standing at the front of the room, ready to kick off your lesson, but not a single student seems to be paying attention. Cue the awkward silence. Yep, that's right. Instead of soldiering on and hoping for the best, take a deep breath and wait. Wait until every single pair of eyes is locked on you, ready and waiting to soak up your wisdom.

Now, I won't sugarcoat it—this waiting game can feel downright uncomfortable at first. But trust me, there's power in the pause. By demanding the attention of the entire class before diving into your lesson, you're sending a powerful message: what we're about to learn here is important, and your attention matters. It's all about setting the tone for a respectful and focused learning environment.

But wait, there's more! Once you've got the attention of the room, it's time for strategy number two: the gentle redirect. We're all human, right? And let's face it, distractions happen. Whether it's a doodler, a daydreamer, or a side chatterbox, there will inevitably be moments when students veer off course.

But fear not! Here's where you step in. The moment you notice a student drifting off into distraction land, simply pause, make eye contact, and wait. That's right—back to the awkward silence. And you know what? It works like a charm. Before you know it, the wayward student snaps back to attention, ready to rejoin the class discussion.

Now, I won't lie to you. Implementing these strategies may feel a bit like navigating uncharted waters at first. You might encounter some resistance, some eye rolls, maybe even a few sighs of frustration. But stay the course, my friends. Consistency is key.

Stick with it, even when the awkward silence feels unbearable. Even when it seems like every student in the room is testing your patience. Trust me, your perseverance will pay off.

I want to challenge you to give these strategies a whirl in your own classrooms. Start tomorrow, start today—whenever you're ready. And watch as the dynamic of your classroom transforms before your very eyes.

Thank you so much for joining me on this journey today. Together, we can create classrooms where every voice is heard, and every student is valued. 

Thanks for hanging out with me today, and I'll see you next time!



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