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The Inertia of Routine


Technology is the Utilization to Act as an Advocate for Mind to Exit from Inertia of Routine, the Practice in Pioneer Schools!

Wikipedia says, “Inertia is the resistance of any physical object to any changes in its state of motion, including changes to its speed and direction. It is the tendency of objects to keep moving in a straight line at constant velocity” – This is a natural phenomenon common to humans. This is the simple reason why we appear to move for some time even after getting down from a fast moving transport.

The interesting fact is that, inertia of motion is a scientific phenomenon that can be tackled and managed with formulas. But, there is a Psychological Inertia in every mind that needs lot of effort to be managed – It is the Inertia of Routine! Our mind is comfortable doing a particular action in a particular way. However better an alternate way is, the mind is reluctant to come out of the routine way. Just as the human body sets itself after sometime from getting down from a moving bus, the human mind also sets itself against the inertia of routine in a due course of time.

The recovery time depends on how strong the Inertia of Routine in our mind is. Stronger the force, longer the time to recover.

Such an application of the strong force of Inertia is in ‘Schools’. The system of Schooling is in existence for a very long time, and the nature of work remains unchanged in schools irrespective of time. This consistent nature of work in turn has created an inertia of routine especially among the teaching force. It is the strength of this force that challenges the benefits technology could bring into our schooling system. Our teachers are comfortable doing their routine, the way they have been doing it for years together. Their methods have been successful all these days. Their results have been complete all these days. ‘Then Why do I have to change?’ is the question. ‘I am already comfortable’ is their justification. But many times we forget that technology is not to simplify routine and make you idle, but to simplify routine and to direct you towards several other beneficial areas where the human brain could be in action! We need to understand this in order to come out of the inertia of routine.

The inertia of motion could be overcome by a sustained static state. The inertia of routine could be overcome by sustained benefits made possible with the help of technology! The drastic shift from mobile phones to smart phones took a huge leap after the application of WhatsApp in smart phones. Every technological advance needs to show a beneficial application to overcome the fear in using the new technology. Stronger the benefit, easier it is to overcome the inertia in mind!

Hence, the pioneers in School Managements using technological advances need to utilize it for stronger benefits than to consider them as just time saving processes. There needs to be a well-planned utilization of time & effort saved using technology. It is this utilization that would act as an advocate for the mind to come out of the inertia of routine!

Tips to Improve Student’s Attention in Classroom

Students who pay less attention to subjects in their classroom face extreme struggle in being successful. Some of the factors assumed for the lack of attention in classroom are continuous usage of digital devices, misbehavior to seek others attention and psychological fallout. Some educators work out to find a righteous solution to improve student’s attention well before beginning to teach.

Today, at PenPencilEraser Community, we share some workable solution to capture student’s attention in classroom, researched and compiled with popular resources online.


The context of the strategy is to invent and use some tricks to gain positive attention of students. It is important for teachers to capture student’s attention towards him/her in the classroom to deliver the subject without distraction. Following ideas better explain the purpose of this strategy

  • Ask question to student who is pretty sure of the answer
  • Make eye contact and smile at the student
  • Gift little compliments for progress
  • Appreciate student’s work and behavior
  • Apart from lesson, give some examples of encouragement
  • Invite students to summarize the lessons they understood at the end of the session
  • Initiate brief conversation with every student


The era is advancing technically, and it’s the right time to rapidly revamp the classroom architecture with interactive digital devices to deliver classes. The outcome of implying tech classroom is for more engaged students who think deeply about the course content.

Teacher’s role apart from digital classroom plays the best part. But how? It is nothing but varying the tone, volume and the facial expression which can actually trigger student’s interest. Adjusting volume either high or low trigger student interest and curiosity. While instructing, it is important to teach with expressions to infuse emotions that makes students involve in the subject. Volume modulation is again an other powerful strategy that really works. Whenever a context or the most important part of a context was uttered in a low voice or whispered, it defines the mystery and conspiracy that make student curious and excited to listen careful Whereas when you raise your voice, it represents that some highlighted facts is explained. This one is a known fact that teacher’s usually try to grab their student’s attention just with their voice alone and they have ability to control the classroom with the power of their voice.


When talking about achieving a positive atmosphere in classrooms, some students might be subjected to reprimand for any complaints in studies, behavior or scores. Before taking any disciplinary actions, think of an alternate solution to realize their mistakes instead of making them feel embarrassed with punishments. Frequent punishments affect the student’s personality and in fact has adverse effect in shaping their individuality. Use strategy to skip punishments and bring some extra time to address their fading attention. Be neutral while reacting student’s mistakes.


Constantly changing the seating or enhancing the classroom environment keeps students active and give a fresh atmosphere to study. For the long year, with the same routine, classrooms become dull and boring for students. Changing the usual way of learning definitely evoke attention among students and a new set up will energize the students making them more attentive in the classroom.


Time management is important and when students use time efficiently, the scope of learning more new things is obvious. Timing any activity in classroom will help student get conscious of timing and stay attentive throughout the task.Timing pupils almost always causes them to focus on the activity at hand and mentally prepare for the upcoming change.


Attention signals are several and you can apply one that suits your classroom. While on research, we have found different styles teachers imply to keep their student active. Some interesting deal of teachers listed down for your reference:

At our school, every class decides beforehand on a ‘stop-word’, which could be a single word or short phrase related to the topic. i stand up, clap twice, call the word, and wait as the pupils fall silent. i also give points to those who stop and look.” - Jane Clockwind, Teacher

A really good way to get the attention of the class without losing your voice is to stand at the front of the class with one hand in the air. Then make a long, continuous ‘shhhhh’ gradually getting quieter as more and more children realize you require their attention. I have found this to be particularly effective as it gives children those few extra seconds to finish their sentences and snippets of conversations that really just can’t wait!” - Sonja Cheal, Teacher


School students are young and are pretty fun lovers. Teaching with a fun accent obviously let students enjoy their classes and help in improving their classroom attention. Humor is a valuable tool, The usual classroom setup with daily routine of periods is dull and boring but if sprinkled with humor say putting a fun drawing in the board or adding a fun element while teaching captures the attention of students because laughter can reduce the stress and anxiety and improve self-esteem and self-motivation. The psychological results out of laughing help improve student’s attention in classroom as well improve the bond between the teacher and the student. Above all, Humor brings life to the content.


This one is left to self analyze and understand student’s attention ration on a self experiment. To figure out, split the class into two groups and teach a lesson, one in traditional manner and for the other groups with some positive tips and attention seeking activities. Test the difference on your own with the two batch of students. The result certainly accentuate the importance of concentration for students in classroom.

Your points or experience in improving student’s attention are most welcome!