Wednesday, March 18, 2009

With spring comes the fidgets!

With the warmer weather arriving, many teachers are having to deal with the "fidgets".  Kids are getting restless and keeping their attention in class is a struggle at times.  Let the children have a way to move as part of a procedure or routine.  One idea is:

Teacher's Attention
1 Finger held up = "I wish to speak"

2 Fingers held up = "I wish to leave my seat"

3 Fingers held up = "I need your help"

Pictures should accompany these directions so everyone is on the same page as to how the fingers should be held up.  The teacher should explain the concept, practice the procedure, and then consistently implement the procedure in the classroom.  If you have any ideas, please feel free to share!

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