What is it?

Focus 5 is a set of exercises that provides students and teachers with skills to minimize distraction and develop a greater sense of focus and awareness. The exercises range in length from one to five minutes.

Why do Focus 5 exercises?

We all experience the difference in how quickly we learn something new when we are fully focused, and how easily new information can pass us by when we are not paying attention. We all carry with us the set of things that interest, excite, puzzle, or worry us. Learning experiences will only be effective if we can pull the learner away from those things in the outside world and into the immediate lesson or activity. Every teacher knows this challenge only too well. Focus 5 exercises give students (and teachers) a chance to calm their thoughts so they can have better control over their attention. Practicing these exercises daily, both in and out of school, can lead to better focus, as well as feelings of calmness and relaxation.

Why was Focus 5 created?

Focus 5 was created through a SERP partnership with Baltimore City Schools. The District requested a new tool that would:

  • Take less than than 5 minutes a day.
  • Provide clear, simple supports.
  • Benefit students and teachers simultaneously.
  • Minimize the “out of role” behavior asked of teachers.
  • Minimize/eliminate resources required by the District.
  • Show evidence of promise in urban school district settings.

Connect with SERP

Please be in contact with us if you are a:

  • Teacher using Focus 5, and you want to share your experience(s). We'd love to get your feedback!
  • Researcher, and you want to conduct research with Focus 5.
  • District Administrator, and you want to test Focus 5 in your district.
  • Funder, and you want to fund an evaluation of Focus 5.

email SERP at info@serpinstitute.org

The SERP partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore Education Research Consortium, and the Duckworth Lab at the University of Pennsylvania was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through Grant R305H140121. The information provided does not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.

What is it?

Focus 5 is a set of exercises that provides students and teachers with skills to minimize distraction and develop a greater sense of focus and awareness. The exercises range in length from one to five minutes.

Why do Focus 5 exercises?

We all experience the difference in how quickly we learn something new when we are fully focused, and how easily new information can pass us by when we are not paying attention. We all carry with us the set of things that interest, excite, puzzle, or worry us. Learning experiences will only be effective if we can pull the learner away from those things in the outside world and into the immediate lesson or activity. Every teacher knows this challenge only too well. Focus 5 exercises give students (and teachers) a chance to calm their thoughts so they can have better control over their attention. Practicing these exercises daily, both in and out of school, can lead to better focus, as well as feelings of calmness and relaxation.

Why was Focus 5 created?

Focus 5 was created through a SERP partnership with Baltimore City Schools. The District requested a new tool that would:

  • Take less than than 5 minutes a day.
  • Provide clear, simple supports.
  • Benefit students and teachers simultaneously.
  • Minimize the “out of role” behavior asked of teachers.
  • Minimize/eliminate resources required by the District.
  • Show evidence of promise in urban school district settings.

Connect with SERP

Please be in contact with us if you are a:

  • Teacher using Focus 5, and you want to share your experience(s). We'd love to get your feedback!
  • Researcher, and you want to conduct research with Focus 5.
  • District Administrator, and you want to test Focus 5 in your district.
  • Funder, and you want to fund an evaluation of Focus 5.

email SERP at info@serpinstitute.org

What is it?

Focus 5 is a set of exercises that provides students and teachers with skills to minimize distraction and develop a greater sense of focus and awareness. The exercises range in length from one to five minutes.

Why do Focus 5 exercises?

We all experience the difference in how quickly we learn something new when we are fully focused, and how easily new information can pass us by when we are not paying attention. We all carry with us the set of things that interest, excite, puzzle, or worry us. Learning experiences will only be effective if we can pull the learner away from those things in the outside world and into the immediate lesson or activity. Every teacher knows this challenge only too well. Focus 5 exercises give students (and teachers) a chance to calm their thoughts so they can have better control over their attention. Practicing these exercises daily, both in and out of school, can lead to better focus, as well as feelings of calmness and relaxation.

Why was Focus 5 created?

Focus 5 was created through a SERP partnership with Baltimore City Schools. The District requested a new tool that would:

  • Take less than than 5 minutes a day.
  • Provide clear, simple supports.
  • Benefit students and teachers simultaneously.
  • Minimize the “out of role” behavior asked of teachers.
  • Minimize/eliminate resources required by the District.
  • Show evidence of promise in urban school district settings.

Connect with SERP

Please be in contact with us if you are a:

  • Teacher using Focus 5, and you want to share your experience(s). We'd love to get your feedback!
  • Researcher, and you want to conduct research with Focus 5.
  • District Administrator, and you want to test Focus 5 in your district.
  • Funder, and you want to fund an evaluation of Focus 5.

email SERP at info@serpinstitute.org