Wednesday, December 11, 2013

You'll Never Learn PLN10

           "You'll Never Learn by Annie Murphy Paul disproves that students can multitask in school and learn the lesson at the same time because multitasking distracts students and impairs their learning.
Paul shows many studies that show how most students multitask in school whether it's texting, social networking or surfing the web. In tremendous amount of studies that have been taken on this topic show that students who do multitask have worse grades, take longer to do the homework and learn more spotty. When multitasking what they learn is like Swiss cheese where there are spot and wholes of things they missed in the lesson because they were distracted. Annie Paul is a popular writer with many books about classrooms and students. She has studied learning a lot and has become an expert in students. She proves that you can never. Multitask because you can't focus on more than one thing at a time.
           The statements in "You'll Never Learn" by Annie Murphy Paul are correct because students cannot multitask and learn. Sitting in the back if the class room looking forward almost always there are people texting secretly, play games and quickly closing them when the teacher walks by or kids who have their heads on their desks. This is so common in class rooms that it  is obviously hurting students grades and the reason teachers are upset when they have answered the same question seven gazillion times. Students today often get bored of what they are doing in class and seek entertainment in other sources. Without realizing or caring that their learning is being damaged by distractions. This article connects in so many ways to
Michael Wesch's article "A Vision of Students Today" which shows how so many students are doing other things while supposed to be working. The marshmallow test of self discipline mentioned my Paul shows shows the temptation to click in that inbox with new mail or check your phone that just vibrated. The willing to not give in to these distractions is tested by the marshmallow test. Sitting in class you feel the vibration of your phone in your pocket. You know the teachers is writing today's lesson plan on the board and he could never catch you. So you pull it out to check it because you want to know who it was from and or if it was important. This situation effects so many students learning and attention during class. There are not many things that can stop students because they have such a short attention span and need something more interesting to them. Students believe they can multitask when they can't and it handicaps their learning just with the click of a button.