Research tells us that students’ attention spans correlate to their ages, but did you know that this applies to adults as well? In fact, humans have less of an attention span than goldfish. (A human has an average attention span of eight seconds, whereas a goldfish has an attention span of nine seconds.) What does this mean? For one, it’s hard to capture someone’s attention. As educators, we know this all too well. But we also know there are tried-and-true tactics we can take to engage and motivate learners—no matter their age.

The same strategies can be applied to professional development....

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  • About the Author:

    Lauren Thrasher is the advanced academic & interventions coordinator at Marshall Independent School District in Marshall, Texas. She has led various professional development sessions across the district, including PBL, flipped learning, argument-driven inquiry, the TEKS Resource System, DMAC, Renaissance Star Assessments, Google Classroom, and more. She’s also presented at CAST, T-STEM, the TEKS Resource System Conference, and the Texas Regional Collaborative Conference.