One good strategy that I have seen is the integration of a pupil response to a teacher's prompt. Ex: The teacher will clap and the students will return the clap. Or the teacher will start a sentence and the students will end sentence. I would also encourage the teacher to intertwine activities (regardless how small) into their lecture to help reset the students attention span.
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Have action items that students do. If you want them to think about what you are doing, have them put a finger to the temple, like they are thinking. It's a reminder. If you measure an inch, have them show you an inch (or other measurement). If you are writing a sentence, have visual cues that they do to identify when there is a noun, verb, or adjective....in every sentence you write. When you ask them to open a book, give the hand cue of opening a book, have them repeat it, then open the book. It helps most for those that are a little behind, they have those visual reminders all around them giving the cue and they rush to catch up. ANY ACTION you can get them to do a step in the right direction. Create dances and songs for learning. Action in the classroom makes a difference.
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