Ch. 5 & Hyper and Deep Attention

The hyper and deep attention article by N. Katherine Hayles talks about how there is a generational shift between each generation and how it is affecting the learning process. Hayles explains how each generation is getting worse and how more and more people/children are being diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. She wrote this in 2007 you can only imagine how worse it has gotten over the past 9 (almost 10) years. Hyper attention is becoming more evident in our schooling classrooms. This type of attention is good for rapidly changing environments, for example, watching a movie, playing a video game, and multitasking. However, this makes the child impatient with slower focusing moments, for example, sitting in a classroom or doing homework. While their hyper attention is taking more control over their deep attention they are doing more poorly in the education system. MRIs were even taken on children who grew up with different medias (movies, video games, the internet) and then compared to those who grew up in an older styled home where they matured before being exposed to an accessive amount of these medias. The two brains were wired completely differently. Now the school system is trying to find ways around these hyper-attentive children.

It is no surprise to me that this is happening in our schooling systems. I am part of a generation where we do have a harder time obtaining deep attention. I don’t think there is any way to prevent each generation from using more and more technology and different media types so the school system needs to work their way around it. They need to find new methods to get through to these kids. One way that Hayles mentions in her article is that they had students find pictures on their laptops to put up on a screen in the class to relate to the topic they were learning about. This is probably my favorite scenario because not only are the students laying down information based off of words and explanations from the teacher but they are also connecting that information to a picture. This is allowing them to multitask and switch between different activities to keep them focused on a level they can acquire.

In the Carolina Rhetoric it talks about different styles of an argumentative essay. The Ancient Roman styles: Introduction, Background/Narration,Definition, Thesis, Proof, Refutation/Opposition, and Conclusion. The General Modern: Introduction, First Main Point, Second Main Point, Third Main Point, Counterargument, Rebuttal of Counterargument, and Conclusion. Toulmin Model: Claim, Data, Warrant, Counterclaim, Rebuttal, and Conclusion. Rogerian Argument: Introduction, Summary of Opposing Views, Statement of Understanding, Statement of Position, Statement of Contexts, Statement of Benefits, and Conclusion. It gives a layout to how to develop these different parts of your essay. The main key is to have a good introduction. It needs to make a good first impression on the reader. Then it walks you through different parts to include in the essay to make it more fine cut, for example, transition sentences, the pictures you include, including other material other than your own thoughts, choosing the layout of the paper, etc.



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