In order for the brain to pay attention, the stimulus needs to be engaging.
Any of the following approaches will keep young people’s attention:
1. The presentation or activity is creative.
2. The information is relevant, interesting, or fun.
3. The questions asked prompt curiosity.
4. Variety, the spice of learning, is employed.
5. Enthusiasm is displayed.
It is also important to remember that the brain doesn’t remember what it doesn’t use.
The aphorism definitely pertains to learning: Use it or lose it.