I teach high school biology so one of the things I try to do is apply the information to real life situations or situations that are meaningful to them. Depending on your subject area, this can be easier or more difficult. My students get almost excited and stay on task if it applies to them. For example, we just went over genetics and heredity. My students loved the real life problems and finding out genetic family history.
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What grade do you teach? Usually a clear reward and consequence system work well for getting kids into the swing of keeping on task and non-disruptive. Of course, having fun and engaging (and when possible, hands-on) lesson plans always helps! The more they feel that they will get from the final objective or task at hand, the more they'll be likely to stick with it and want to finish! I teach 6th and these are my general rules for keeping engagement.
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