One of the teachers, Miss Clem, commented on the difference with this type of instruction, “How many times as a teacher have I said, ‘Sit up and focus,’ when I’ve never once given you the definition of what focus means?”
Now, she’s showing them what it feels like to focus…. She points to that morning, when one most of the class was sitting obediently, but “I had a kid, during the bell, running across these chairs,” Clem says, pointing to a row of blue chairs lined up against the wall. “But,” she says proudly, “I had 22 kids who were able to sit here and tune him out. Now imagine that in a testing situation.
“They need to be able to stay focused even through major distractions. Everything about this curriculum teaches them how to do that.”
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