Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers!
Teachers need every effective strategy they can “get their hands on” to help students learn skills that are vital to navigating in a complicated world.
One way to use strategies that are “take-it-to-the-bank” effective is to incorporate attention-getting elements – A-GEs.
Already used by many elementary school teachers, A-GEs are proven aids in sustaining concentration to reach specific goals.
Posted here last week…the first three A-GEs…Attracting Appearance and Presence, Enthusiasm and Voice.
6. Color is incredible! – Research into the power of color shows that color not only catches attention; it speeds learning and helps people find information. Color as an AG-E especially serves students with attention-deficit disorders.
8. Entertainment is the paramount attention-getting element in our world today. – Most teachers don’t think of themselves as entertainers, but those who “buy into” the concept that teaching is a performing art know that entertaining children in the course of educating them is cause for applause.
13. Imagination is a power in every teacher’s hand! – Visualization is at the heart of the effectiveness of imagination. Encourage kids to visualize where a lesson leads and what the class will achieve. IMAGINATION translates into OPPORTUNITY!
14. Puppetry & Personification bring characters and concepts to life. – Simple, small hand puppets and the power of personification help children learn skills, retain information, and express themselves. These elements are especially helpful to children with special needs.
In a world that puts a premium on entertainment, today’s teaching toolbox needs entertaining components to help children master must-have skills.
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