The beginning of the year means establishing classroom procedures. For a child that struggles with attention, visual reminders can save the day. I’ve created “tents” that you can use to remind students to stay on task without constant verbal cues on your part.
The first tent is to alert the student to appropriate talking cues. The three sides show: listening, quiet talking, and social time. The sides are color coded like a traffic light—red (no talking), yellow (some is ok), red (social time). Each side also has a frame indicating the color facing the student. So, if you are facing their desk and he has the red, no talking reminder in front of him, you will see a red frame on your side. I would recommend having a teacher or assistant turn the tent as needed and not the child. Simply touching the tent will be another attention alert.
The second tent can be used for a child that struggles with noise within the classroom environment. In this situation, I would allow the student to manipulate the tent to show that he is in need of quiet space (please don’t talk to me right now), one-on-one/quiet conversation or open to social interaction. Again these are coded red, yellow, green with matching frames on the opposite side.
Simply print, cut and fold on the dotted lines. Affix with glue or tape. If you need more stability, add a velcro dot to the desk and the bottom of each tent side.
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