Minimizing Interruptions in the Classroom Analytical Essay by scribbler

Minimizing Interruptions in the Classroom
A look at ways for schools to minimize interruptions during classroom time.
# 151781 | 787 words | 10 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Sep 25, 2012 in Education (Teaching Methods) , Education (Elementary School)

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This paper examines ways to minimize distraction and help teachers keep on task in the classroom According to the paper, administrators and school supervisors need to work together to find solutions that limit interruptions and help focus children on the task of learning. Various ways to do this are suggested, many of which are found in a review of relevant literature on this topic. These include classroom and school-wide initiatives which are presented in a list format. The paper concludes by stating that to optimize instructional time, a plan to manage interruptions is necessary for teachers.


Literature Review - Practical Ways to Minimize Interruptions

From the Paper:

"It is a fact of life that there will always be opportunities for a student's mind to wander during a lesson. Similarly, we do not live in a world in which everything is always neat, tidy, and orderly. However, it is possible to relegate interruptions and encourage focus both school wide and within the classroom (Pollack, 2008).
"An individual teacher is not typically able to "fix" or control issues that are school wide. However, suggestions may be made, but the direct partnership with one's supervisor or Principal is crucial for an effective win-win scenario. For instance, if possible, schedule all announcements over the intercom system first thing in the morning, or at specific, designated times during the day - 3 minutes prior to the bell, or once in the morning, once after lunch (Partin, 1987). Anything non-urgent should be directed to the teacher's email, even if it involves a student. Second, minimize school noise and interruptions y controlling traffic in the school's hallways - whether between classes or while classes are in session. This can usually be handled easily by assigning teachers or other school personnel as hall monitors..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Classroom Procedures." (n.d.). Cited in:
  • Gamito, L. (2006), "Who Dominates Whom? Interruptions in Classroom Discourse." In Klein, H.,, eds. Linguistic Perspectives from the Classroom. University of Madrid. Cited in:
  • Klein, H., (2006). "Motivation to Learn and Course Outcomes." Personnel Psychology. 59 (3): 665.
  • Lim, C., (2005). "Classroom Management Issues." Journal of Educational Multi-Media and Hypermedia. 14 (4): 391-404.
  • Orlich, D., (2009). Teaching Strategies: A Guide to Effective Instruction. Cengage.

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