|Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.6 No.7||July 2009|
|Cover Story by Lawrence Meyers|
|Is There Such a Thing as "The Great Teacher"?|
|You can make up all the checklists you want. You can take advice from your mentors. At the end of the day, what lies behind one's teaching style is what matters. A "Great Teacher" is the right teacher at the right time, at the right place.|
|Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching|
|Teachers Are the Difference|
|Now in her sixth year of teaching, Melissa Dunbar has helped her students achieve a pass rate of between 92% - 99% over the years, with her ESL and Economically Disadvantaged students achieving a 100% pass rate this past school year!|
|»||Writing for Educational Publishers – Inside Secrets Sue Gruber|
|»||Self-Injury In Children Leah Davies|
|»||The School of No Knocks? Todd R. Nelson|
|»||Using Imaging to Move or Change Behavior Marvin Marshall|
|»||The Busy Educator's Monthly Five Marjan Glavac|
|»||Substitute issues: What to Wear & Too Much Love Barbara Pressman|
|»||Student Travel Topics: “Staycations” Expose Students to Other Cultures & Packing for Safety Josette Bonafino|
|»||Making The Case to Parents for Broadening, Not Narrowing, The Curriculum Dorothy Rich|
|»||Red Basket & Problem Solving Forms Rick Morris|
|»||The No.1 Ladies Detective Series Writer - Interview with Alexander McCall Smith Tim Newlin|
|»||Teachers and Technology: A Field of Dreams? Matt Levinson|
|»||Resources for Teaching Students with Autism Alan Haskvitz|
|»||Applying Bloom’s Taxonomy to Questioning Techniques in the Classroom Panamalai R. Guruprasad|
|»||Tips on Maximizing High School Physics Teaching Stewart E Brekke|
|»||The Most Cost Effective Approach to Improve Teacher Education Edward Strauser|
|»||Merit Pay Problematic, Money Is Not the Ultimate Motivator for Teachers Marion Brady|
|»||Launches an Online Degree in Special Education Drexel University|
|»||Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes Barb Stutesman|
|»||Today Is... Daily Commemoration Ron Victoria|
|»||The Lighter Side of Teaching|
|»||Video Bytes; Assume The Position, Lost Generation, Bathtub IV, Walk On - ESPN Video, Funeral, Heal, and At Home with Mrs. Hen|
|»||Teacher Blogs Showcase|
|»||Printable - Sweet Rules for the Classroom|
|»||Featured Lessons, Wisdom from the Chat Achives, and Timely Printables Especially for July!|
|»||Getting and Keeping the Attention of 3 & 4 Year Olds|
|»||Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers|
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Getting and Keeping the Attention of 3 & 4 Year Olds
It’s not easy, but it can be done – if you use these nifty chants, songs, and techniques gathered from teachers on the Early Childhood Teachers Chatboard!
Regular Feature in the Gazette
July 1, 2009
Posted by Dana
I have a class of 3 year olds. There are two of us teachers and about 16 kids. I love my kids dearly and absolutely love, love, love teaching them and watching them grow everyday. I recently got a new batch of kids and some of them are under the age of 3. My issue is carpet time, trying to do a story, calendar time or even just talking with them is difficult. Their behavior is outrageously loud, obnoxious, and hard to calm. I find myself running out of ideas. I've tried singing and everything else I can think of. Any ideas would be welcome. Thanks!
Posted by Clara/PK
I have a similar idea to this one...can't remember where I came across it. I used an empty container...I think it was a large spice bottle, and covered it with contact paper, so you can't see the inside of it, and decorated the outside. Then you add a little rice so it makes a soft sound when you shake it. I called it my Brain Sprinkles....which is also magic! You just shake it over their heads and tell them the sprinkles are invisible (or so small you can't see them). The kids love it, and it helps them calm down sometimes. I don't use it much, but it also comes in handy when we are beginning a new topic and I really need their attention.
Posted by Leah
You could try using a bell to get their attention. Do not over use it, but teach them to "Freeze like an Ice Cube" when they hear it and praise those who do respond appropriately.
Posted by Karen M.
Posted by Clara/PK
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