You can’t multitask

Dave Crenshaw makes his point very clearly with his 5 minute exercise. It is worth the time. Do it. Get your students to do it. All you need is pen, paper and the video. This 5 minutes is powerful teaching and completely busts the myth of being able to multitask – listen to music and do your homework, text and do your home work, message in class and listen to the teacher, talk and work, go on Facebook and type up the assignment and the worst and most dangerous belief which people stupidly cling to – drive and use your mobile. The difference between a success and a failure is a successful person knows how to use five minutes wisely. This 5 minute exercise will arm you with such a conviction that multitasking is not only a waste of time but a genuine handicap, as a teacher, you will feel so much stronger when you say – Put the phone away, you don’t need it right now. Dave Crenshaw relabels it task switching and that is a much better expression because it more clearly identifies the actual behaviour and hence the pitfalls.

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  1. I must multitask a LOT because the difference between Pass 1 and Pass 2 was only 10 seconds! LOL! However, I did notice that around number 20 I only wrote the 2 before going back to the next letter and had to finish the 0 when I went to write number 21. This was all done whilst procrastinating on what I was SUPPOSED to be doing! 😉

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    • Well, you are pretty impressive and you highlight well, with a sense of humour, what happens when you multitask. You lose track. It’s an interesting little exercise. I guess you couls improve if you specifically trained yourself to. Not sure. I just got in a jumble.

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