I became a speech and language pathologist in 1979 and since that time I have always used a set of listening rules as a way to get a child ready to learn.
It is important that we tell the student what we need to do rather than what we don’t want them to do. I accompany the visual with saying each of them.
“ Eyes are looking, Ears are listening, Hands in lap, Feet on floor, Smile”. A middle school student added instead of the smile have a positive attitude which I love!
What I find happens is as we say each of the pictures the student corrects themselves. I also find that it helps center me as sometimes I run from class to class so listening rules serves also as a transition from one task to another.
Having a visual of the listening rules allows you also to point to the listening rules rather than verbally correcting a student. Some students will have this displayed on their desk.
I would laminate the listening rules and put on the desk of a child that may need reminders.