Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers!
New school terms often coincide with new seasons in sports.
Most kids enjoy sports.
Use students’ interest in “getting in the game” to help catch and keep their attention in class.
As the day gets underway, offer a bit of attention-getting humor…
Announce that you’d love to begin class with a game of _____________________ (name of a sport that’s in season and popular in your community), but “alas and alack” it’s time to get to work.
Make an immediate follow-up announcement that you do, however, have time for a cheer to start the day in a positive way.
At a later time you can involve students in writing other class cheers. (Cheer writing is an effective way to teach poetic skills, including phrasing and rhyme.)
Tell kids that you want to keep the pep rallies going all year long.
A school starter cheer is a great way to pump up enthusiasm for the day ahead.
Creating or borrowing a cheer for a new school year encourages everyone to get involved in class activities, including lessons!
Upbeat cheers (are there any other kind?) may offer the extra benefit of engaging reluctant learners.
Likewise, students who show up at your classroom door sad or angry may brighten up when they have the opportunity to shout out a cheer and chase away bad feelings.
Here’s a cheer for a new school year that I’ve written.
Use it if it suits your grade level and goals.
We can do it,
Yes we can,
Keep our focus
Just as planned.
Learn to grow
Work hard, have fun,
Be strong and kind,
The school year’s just begun!
What other cheers can you create or borrow to cheer on a new school year?
Cheer for Global Education – It seems to be more important than ever for children, even kids in early elementary grades, to learn that the world is connected from one corner to
Global commerce may not seem to impact any one of us on a daily basis, but children benefit from knowing that behind even the smallest and/or local sale or purchase, a global economy may very well come in to play.
One way to help young children grasp the concept of a global economy is to cheer them on to understanding.
Try this cheer-like word play, accompanied by illustrative hand movements:
Up we go,
Down we go,
All around the world
Cheer for S.T.E.M. – Esteemed educators and authors, including Tony Wagner, encourage teachers to embrace the concept that we are transitioning from a knowledge-based economy to one that is based on innovation.
The big question…how can educators prepare children for a world in which many of the jobs they will likely hold as adults have not yet been created?
It seems that there is call for a cheer for S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education that focuses on teaching advanced communication skills, empirical thinking, teamwork (Go Team!), imagination and creativity to solve problems…key skills for success in a global economy.
Let’s cheer for S.T.E.M. with these three powerful lines:
We can do it
If we try…
I – N – Q – U – I – R – Y
Repeat the cheer with the class.
When you create or borrow a cheer for a new school year, you can place key words in children’s minds through the ease of rhyme and the magic of repetition.
I – N – Q – U – I – R – Y is an important word to place and practice.
Inquiry is embraced and practiced by curious minds.
To cheer on curiosity in children is to help them prepare for adulthood in the 21st century.
Here we are entering the close of 2015 and preparing to open 2016.
Name any subject in your curriculum this school year.
Challenge yourself and colleagues to collectively create or borrow cheers for the term ahead that support your curriculum in a way that is similar to a cheerleader supporting a sports team.
Feel the energy. Go!
Remember, you don’t need to be a magician to work magic in any instructional setting!
Talk with you again soon,
Barbara ♥ The Lovable Poet