Spending a lot of time at conferences, I have heard the question, “What do we do with kids that are so distracted by their devices in the classroom?” My initial thoughts is that in a world where there are so many amazing things and easy ways to connect, kids are not always simply distracted, but sometimes they are just bored. There is often pushback to that idea from many participants.
Then I observe and state the obvious.
If adults are sitting through any opportunity that they find boring, many adults are quick to grab their phones, go to their computers, check email, text family, head to Facebook, read Tweets, and so on. When they are bored, they look elsewhere.
The best “classroom management” is engaging learning opportunities no matter if you are 16 or 60. Let’s quit pointing the finger at kids that do the same thing that we often do as adults.