University professor Rob Jenkins believes today’s students are in many ways more advanced academically than students from previous generations.

As parents and teachers, it’s easy to fall into the trap of judging this generation for their foibles (small attention span, addicted to technology). “Youth is wasted on the young” the old saying goes.  Instead, Professor Jenkins encourages us to “Look for the good” and “expect excellence” from them. “I find myself being reminded by young people every day that life is good and beautiful and exciting and worth living.” We can learn a great deal from our students about racial equality, social justice, saving money, and how to use the new iPhone X! Teachers, here are four quick ways to grab your student’s attention during the first five minutes of class.