Interventions for Attention Pt. 2

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

– Galatians 6:9 NIV

Strategy 4: Do the unexpected

  • Turn out the lights
  • Play a musical sound
  • Lower your voice
  • Change your voice
  • Talk to the wall
  • Use one-liners
  • Cease teaching temporarily

Strategy 5: Distract the student

  • Ask a direct question
  • Ask a favor
  • Give choices
  • Change the activity

Strategy 6: Notice appropriate behavior

  • Use proximity praise (recognizing a student who is modeling appropriate behavior near attention seeker)
  • Use compliance praise (recognizing attention seeker when they comply with directive)
  • Make recordings (posting names of students who are focused and on task)
  • Give a standing ovation

The following are suggestions on how to use attention to help a student feel connected in the classroom:

  1. greet students
  2. listen to students
  3. teach students to ask for attention
  4. spend time chatting
  5. ask students about their life outside of class
  6. eat with students
  7. invite students to eat in your room
  8. attend school events
  9. schedule individualized conferences
  10. recognize birthdays
  11. make baby-picture bulleting board
  12. send cards, messages, homework to absent students
  13. show interest in student’s work or hobbies

“We all need a certain amount of attention to feel that we’re an important part of our social group. In contrast, students who misbehave for attention are never satisfied with a normal amount.” – Dr. Linda Albert

May God help you and bless you to progress and succeed in identifying and intervening in redirecting attention seekers to influence them to grow in demonstrating greater self-efficacy to allow you to teach, influence and inspire learning.




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