Children Who Want Your Attention and Need to Wait

One teacher uses a cue with children who come up to her when she is busy with another group or individual child. She covers his or her hand gently with her hand and rubs it, as she continues with the student(s) she is engaged with. This acknowledges that she is aware that the child is there waiting to speak to her and eliminates the calling out, interrupting, and pulling on her. Then she gets back to those children in order.

Another teacher has a colored hat that she uses as a visual cue meaning, "Don't interrupt me now. I'm busy and off-limits." The children learn that when the teacher wears that hat, they may not approach her at that time.

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