Gaze Aversion

Pupils use gaze aversion to help solve problems Research shows that children and adults concentrate better on a problem or puzzle when looking to one side. Find out how to use gaze aversion in class with this KS1 example.

This technique, proven to aid concentration, is demonstrated by pupils at Heather Primary School in Leicestershire. We how some children naturally look to one side but others need to be trained to avert their gaze. The technique has been shown to help all ages when working out a problem, partly because it simply allows more time for thought. All the techniques in this series are supported by research, which is explained by Philippa Cordingley, director of the Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education.

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