A retail manager recently told me, “Working with teens is like being in a fishbowl. They have an attention span of only 3 minutes, so they only remember the last thing you tell them.”
This reminds me of my student who calls out “I don’t get it” and starts distracting others from learning rather than digging into a task. That student usually cannot repeat or paraphrase directions back to me.
“You have great potential to complete this task, if you work hard.” This is the message I so often need to come back to using. If you haven’t read Carol Dweck’s book yet, this recent article from The Atlantic does a great job using research to illustrate her central theme.