I am so excited to be part of this special educators blog hop!!! It can be hard to find content that is more geared to our programs, so I hope you find some new blogs to follow as well as freebies and tips. Make sure you do the whole loop to learn fantastic tips and snag some great freebies!
Have you ever used the cue "show ready"? When I say "show ready" all of my students immediately correct their posture, make sure their feet are on the ground, clasp their hands at mid-line and look at me:
This is a great way to teach students that are easily revved up how to bring their body back into control. When students have good posture and a body in control then they are ready to learn.
Another bonus...this cue can be helpful with aggressive students. Many times I can give the cue to a student who looks to be on the verge of becoming aggressive towards someone and rein him/her in....from anywhere in the classroom! That is the beauty of the cue- I can't always physically get across the classroom quickly enough to diffuse a situation, but my students respond to this cue no matter where in the room I am. This has greatly reduce behaviors in my classroom.
To teach the cue I pair my words with a model of exactly how I want students to respond when they hear it and reinforce the heck out of students for imitating it. I begin each group or lesson with the cue. You want to make it an automatic response. I also encourage my teaching assistants and therapists to use it. Give it a try in your class. I would love to hear how it goes!
Ready for your freebie? I have created a special sample of my upcoming interactive companion set for the book The Mitten By Jan Brett just for you. You can download your freebie by clicking this link.
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