Parenting articles, news and visual methods of teaching preschool children on raising happy, healthy, successful kids and teens. This page provides some practical suggestions that can be used in the regular classroom as well as the special education classroom.
By looking through a given list of interventions, a teacher will be able to select one or more strategies that are suited to a specific child in a specific environment. Pause and create suspense by looking around before asking questions. Randomly pick reciters so the children cannot time their attention. Signal that someone is going to have to answer a question about what is being said. Use the child’s name in a question or in the material being covered.
Develop a private running joke between you and the child that can be invoked to re-involve you with the child. Stand close to an inattentive child and touch him or her on the shoulder as you are teaching. Walk around the classroom as the lesson is progressing and tap the place in the child’s book that is currently being read or discussed. Decrease the length of assignments or lessons. Increase the novelty of lessons by using films, tapes, flash cards, or small group work or by having a child call on others.
Incorporate the children’s interests into a lesson plan. Structure in some guided daydreaming time. Investigate the use of simple mechanical devices that indicate attention versus inattention. Use a soft voice to give direction.