Here is a wonderful acronym developed by KIPP schools to help remind students how to pay attention. I think what makes SLANT so great is that it doesn’t assume kids know what to do in order to stay focused. Instead, it breaks down what exactly a paying attention person would do. Plus, it’s a great little word to use when giving guidance, “Make sure you are SLANTing!”
Ask & Answer Questions.
Nod Your Head.
Track the Speaker.
I plan on working this into my classroom vocabulary this year and displaying a SLANT poster prominently on the wall.