Posts Tagged ‘classroom management’

Attentionology Power Play – Host Lunch & Listen!

March 15, 2013
Use Attentionology Power Plays to get what you want!

Use Attentionology Power Plays to get what you want!

It’s Barbara here, The Lovable Poet, a “wordsmith” ready to help you…

What’s your goal?

Trying to “sell” kids on staying focused and on task in class?

Working to advance your career?

Strategizing to boost sales of a product or service in a field other than education?

Whatever you’re aiming to achieve, you need to catch and keep people’s attention! In a world full of distractions you need the benefit of extra tools and tricks to get and stay noticed.

Put today’s Attentionology Power Play to work for you…

…HOST LUNCH & LISTEN!

When someone invites you to lunch, do you consider what motivated the invitation?

Kids don’t. Lunch? They’re ready to go!

Adults are more likely to answer, “Yes, even if it’s for something fun like celebrating a birthday. I have to think  for a moment before I answer because I have so many responsibilities; my time is limited; and I need to know what lunch will involve.” 

Imagine your lunch partner’s surprise when you say simply, “I’d like to meet for lunch and spend some time just listening to you.” Imagine that!

Someone wants to really HEAR YOU…how you’re doing; what concerns may be “bugging you; ” ideas you have about how to improve your work to positively impact the outcome you seek.

The act of listening – without interrupting – is a first step in helping anyone. A whole lunch of listening…wow…golden!

In School? You know which kids would benefit from extra one-on-one time. Depending on the grade level and dynamics of your whole class, plan a private Lunch & Listen time in your room or corner of the cafeteria, or a group get-together. The key is your willingness to listen. With children, that may require your encouraging them to speak freely.

In an Office? Email an invitation to Lunch & Listen to an employee that you think could use some extra motivation or needs help or…whatever, depending on your workplace. Offer to have lunch in or out; it’s best if you also offer to pick up the tab!

Speaking of tabs, don’t forget to schedule a Lunch & Listen date for yourself. We can all use a good ear!

Keep my Attentionology Power Plays “in your pocket” every day!

Barbara ♥ The Lovable Poet

Attentionology Power Play – Use Humor with Goal-Setting

March 9, 2013

It’s Barbara here, The Lovable Poet, a “wordsmith” ready to help you…

Use Attentionology Power Plays to get what you want!

What’s your goal?

Trying to “sell” kids on staying focused and on task in class?

Working to advance your career?

Strategizing to boost sales of a product or service in a field other than education?

Whatever you’re aiming to achieve, you need to catch and keep people’s attention! In a world full of distractions you need the benefit of extra tools and tricks to get and stay noticed.

Put today’s Attentionology Power Play to work for you…

…USE HUMOR WITH GOAL-SETTING

What’s funny about setting goals? Nothing really. Success is usually attributable, at least in part, to setting and prioritizing goals. Why use humor then? Answers:

  1. To lighten up the process so that goal-setting is less intimidating to the people with whom you work.
  2. To engage your group, catching and keeping their attention with a communal positive attitude.

In School? Here’s a funny to share with your class…keep reading…

Announce that you’d like to begin class with a few minutes of goal-setting for the day ahead. “I mean just for today, class,” you say. “Let’s focus on what we can accomplish right now!”

Pass out paper and instruct the students (grades 3 – 5) to write down five goals for today. Hold up a paper; point to it to show that you want the goals numbered with the most important first. Then share the funny…“For example, your number one goal for today might be LET’S ENJOY RECESS!”

Follow up the laughter with a more serious reminder: “Okay, really I need you to include some study goals, too.”

In an Office? At the start of a meeting, suggest a few minutes of open conversation about today’s goals.

Offer to start the process, quickly announcing that your first goal is… “LET’S KEEP THE MEETING SHORT!”

Without missing a beat, say, “I think our second goal should be…NAMING THE WINNER OF THE VACATION-TO-PARADISE CONTEST WE’VE JUST CONCLUDED. IT’S ME!!!! Follow with, “Oh, I’m sorry, didn’t anyone else get the memo about the contest?”

Follow the laughter with a business-tone voice, “Okay, I guess we better get back to work.”

Keep my Attentionology Power Plays “in your pocket” every day!

Barbara ♥ The Lovable Poet