No Tricks, Just "Treats"
Hocus Pocus | Stars | Letter
Tree | Body
Reading | Candy Wrapper | Left
Rainbow | Tap and Count | Counting
Book | Hush | Word
Here are some great "tips" that other teachers have shared
with me. Try them, adapt them, and add a little "treat" to your
bag of "teacher tricks"! (If I had your name, I gave you credit.
However, please forgive me if I forgot!)
Hocus Pocus - Here's a great attention grabber! Make it an "indicator
activity" by using it consistently when you want children to listen.
Teacher says: "Hocus Pocus!" (Stick out index finger and circle around
like a magic wand.)
Children respond: "Everybody focus!" (Children make circles with
fingers and thumbs and place around eyes like spectacles.)
Hint! You may have to do it several times until everyone is attending.
Katalina Matalina Acts of Kindness -
While visiting a school in Maryland,
I saw several children wearing gold hearts. The teacher explained that
when she saw students doing a kind act, she would let them wear "Katalina's
heart of gold" for the rest of the day.
(If you don't know about Katalina
Matalina, look at the words on the "Silly Songs" CD.)
Smart Children -
This might be one of the best ideas anybody ever gave
A teacher at a workshop, Cindy Conley, explained that whenever she wanted
her children to do something, she would just say, "Smart children
are name the desired behavior." For example, "Smart children
are lined up at the door with their arms by their sides." I started
trying it when I did concerts with children, and it really worked! (Nobody
wants to be
It's even effective at teacher workshops. "Smart teachers
are writing these ideas down!" I love it!
Whisper Wednesday - One teacher
told me every Wednesday was "whisper" day in her classroom. The
children looked forward to whispering all day, and the teacher explained
it just made the whole week calmer.
Don't Steal Their Glory - Do you
have a child who interrupts when another child is trying to answer a question?
One teacher explained that she just looks at the child interrupting and
says, "Don't steal their glory." They get it!
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