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Behavior Management Tips: Keeping Students Attentive


Engage students in learning activities and keep their attention with the use of personal dry erase boards and catchy phrases!


Personal Chalkboards!

Purchase a large piece of laminate from a local hardware store, cut into 12 x 12 inch pieces, and give each student a piece to keep at his or her desk. As you teach on a concept, have students write an answer or an example on the board and hold it up. This method holds students' attention, and keeps everyone involved in the teaching/learning time.


Race to Good Behavior!

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Looking for more information about encouraging classroom participation? Read Encouraging Class Participation by Dr. Ken Shore.

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On a classroom bulletin board, create a racetrack with several pit stops. Whenever the class gets a compliment from the principal, a parent, an assistant, or another teacher, advance the racecar one space. If the group misbehaves, move back the racecar to the nearest pit stop. When the car reaches the finish line, provide a class reward.


Attention 1, 2, 3!

When you want to get students' attention, say in a loud voice: "One, two, three. Eyes on me!" Teach them to respond in unison, "One, two. Eyes on you!"

Article by Linda Starr
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