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Lesson Planning and Organising Strategies for Maintaining Students’ Focus During Computer Science Lessons

Anna Holberga
University of Latvia

Abstract. The first part of the research was conducted in November and December of 2020 as described in the author’s Term Paper “LESSON PLANNING AND ORGANISING STRATEGIES FOR MAINTAINING STUDENTS’ FOCUS DURING COMPUTER SCIENCE LESSONS IN FORM 4”.
The aim of this Paper is to expand upon the scope of the research, to evaluate and discuss the developed recommendations on how various lesson planning and organising strategies can help to maintain students’ focus.
The second part of the empirical study described in this Paper included a questionnaire, an interview with two Computer Science teachers from general education schools and a Computer Science teacher from an international school.
It was found that there are several factors that have an impact on the focus of the students. It was concluded that the teacher must keep up with what the students are interested in, and students must be inspired to learn instead of having to learn mainly because they must achieve certain grades. However, since teachers may face several challenges when it comes to implementing different strategies, cooperation with school leaders, school administration and parents is crucial. From the second part of the study, it was found that it is significant that teachers are not micromanaged, that there is a set curriculum teachers and students can follow. Positive communication and trust in the whole school community is important when it comes setting up students for academic success. Whether teachers can implement different recommendations for keeping the students’ focus depends also on outside factors that depend on the school, therefore, it is important for teachers, school leadership, administration, and parents to all work together.

Keywords: Computer Science lessons, extra-curricular programming activity, lesson planning and organising strategies, education system, curriculum

In: Human, Technologies and Quality of Education, 2022. Proceedings of Scientific Papers = Cilvēks, tehnoloģijas un izglītības kvalitāte, 2022. Rakstu krājums
Riga, University of Latvia, 2022. 1135 p. Ed. L. Daniela
ISBN 978-9934-18-911-1