How daydreaming can help you pay attention

The Brilliant Report
Looking out, looking in

In a previous frizzle post, I spotlighted the Common Core's first Anchor Standard for Reading, which asks students to "Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly."

Every teacher knows that getting a student to pay attention can be difficult. But allowing more time in a child's life for, well, nothing can go a long way toward helping him or her focus.

With technological tools buzzing 24/7, our inner lives, experts say, have suffered. Time to rest and reflect is becoming increasingly rare. As Annie Murphy Paul writes in "Looking out, looking in," when we are unable "to become absorbed in our own thoughts . . . our ability to focus intently on the world outside" becomes compromised.

Paul's reminder could lead to a novel homework assignment: Turn off all your gadgets and stare into space.