Sunday, April 15, 2012
Engaging Your Daydreamers!
When I have something important that I am going to say, I say to my students, "Mirror!" What this means is that they need to place there hands up in front of them, as I place my hands up in front of me. Then, whatever actions I make with my hands, they also make. I make motions that relate to what I am talking about.
I think the kinesthetic engagement really helps out all of my students. If nothing else, they have to be paying attention to my movements, which keeps them more engaged. When I do this, it is easy to look around the classroom and "see" who is paying attention. I can also gently remind those that are daydreaming that they need to check in and focus!
Other times, I'll ask the students to do a think/pair/share using the mirror technique, summarizing what I just said. If I use this for summarizing, I should see some similar movements. I can now easily monitor on-task behavior. It is easy to SEE who is talking about the topic.
Thank you for Whole Brain Teaching for teaching me about this technique!