I strongly believe that students who are attention seeking need meaningful connections with those around them. Without that they will continue to act in “needy” ways that will annoy you, and get in their way in the future.
Over my years in the classroom I have come across ten ways to give positive attention to these attention seeking students without increasing my own workload at all. These are simple, but meaningful ways of building interaction between the student, their peers, and you.
1. Make the student the
“Official Collector of All Things!”
This is a win-win for me. I hate collecting things in the classroom, but when a student collects them that means that they get to have an interaction with each and every person in the classroom, and then with me. It really can’t get any better than this. I always make sure to thank the student with a little side-hug each time too. This takes care of a task that I couldn’t like less, and gives the student a moment in the spotlight with their classmates and me.
For a little extra interaction bonus I will have the student check each paper to make sure that everyone has put their name on it. They love this important job! This doesn’t just have to be for papers though, think of every time that you play quiz-quiz-trade or use task cards!
3. Leave the Student Positive Notes
4. Give the Student a Special Job
6. Eye Contact
7. Call on the Student Every Time They Raise Their Hand
9. Compliment Everything You Can
10. Make Them Your Messenger
If you are looking for more ideas on helping attention seeking students I recommend the following books:
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