Literacy 4-6

Systems Change

Factor Connections

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Attention is the ability to focus on a specific task without being distracted. Attention helps students become better readers and writers because we all perform best when we focus on and thoughtfully practice our developing skills.

Main Ideas

There are several different types of Attention:

  • Sustained Attention, the ability to maintain focus, is an important component for literacy success because it can help students attend to classroom instruction and to the material they are reading or writing.
  • Selective Attention is being able to select and focus on relevant information while filtering out other information.
  • Alternating Attention is the type of Attention that allows you to switch your focus between tasks.
  • Divided Attention refers to focusing on multiple tasks at once.

These types of Attention can also be described by the type of stimuli you are focusing on, where Visual Attention refers to focusing on information you see and Auditory Attention refers to focusing on information you hear.

Learn More

  • Attention: A free microcredential to support students' attention
  • Executive Function: A paid microcredential to support students' executive functioning skills
  • Inhibition: A free microcredential to identify and support students' inhibition

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