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Paying Attention

never had a problem paying attention

Ah, these students. So easily distracted. They remind me of my 9 month old baby, who was looking all around the room as I was on the third page of the book I was reading him. If only the students could focus for a minute as well…imagine how much knowledge I could convey to them!

I have asked students to time the lessons I give to them. I will say, “Give me your full attention for five minutes so I can explain everything about literary devices.” They smile and agree…then 35 seconds into the lesson, I will always find someone’s attention drifting away and point it out. They will all laugh, but inside I cry. Poor little text-web-tablet-device addicted little souls. Add the toxic cocktail of hormones and there’s no hope. šŸ™‚

About celinatinsley

Ms. Tinsley is a high school English teacher, who has been in the classroom for 20 years. She has worked as an Instructional Coach and Assistant Principal, but she returned to the classroom to continue being with the students she adores. She has published a book entitled, "Teachers Talk Smack," available through She has garnered much critical praise with this original work full of charming illustrations and humorous anecdotes about the joys of teaching. Well, she has garnered one review from her best friend at work on And the book really is the opposite of the joys of teaching. She is currently working on her second book about teaching. By "working," I mean roughly brainstorming in her head.

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