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Listening and following directions
Old 08-26-2019, 02:29 PM
 
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My class this year has been known as "that group" since they were in K. Very immature, disrespectful to each other, etc.

My biggest struggle with them is listening. We talk at least every 20-30 min about whole-body listening. I've taught 4th for years and have never needed to talk about it so much. Pretty much any time I'm talking kids have their heads down on their desks, are playing with things, looking around, etc. I don't talk for long periods of time (workshop model) and I try to give movement breaks.

I always stop and require that they show me "whole-body listening" before I move on, but it doesn't always continue. Shortly after they go right back to spacing out or playing around. Consequently, they don't follow directions. (Sometimes out of not knowing because they weren't listening, and sometimes I think it's a choice.)

Any suggestions? It's getting old.


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