It is no secret that adolescents today are "plugged in" for most of their waking hours. In fact, school is one of the only times they are NOT (supposed to be) connected in some way to their computers, cell phones, iPods, and/or video games. The end result of this technology constantly at their fingertips is the ability to multitask well. Unfortunately, at the same time, many students find it very difficult to sit down and focus on one thing at a time, especially when it comes to reading, understanding, and analyzing complex, challenging texts for English and other academic classes.
This month, I found a well-written and intriguing article that tackles this issue in Educational Leadership. I hope you find it helpful in understanding how our students' brains work and that it inspires you to develop more creative, unique ways to better engage students with difficult novels worth reading.