Watch out for shelves, computer equipment or class supplies that can block your view.
Calling on a person by name brings almost anyone out of his or her reverie.
If non-verbal cues are disregarded, the next step will be imposing discipline measures within the classroom such as having them stay a few minutes after class or changing their seat.
That means the lesson won’t be started, the lecture won’t begin, and nothing will be written on the overhead until everyone is in his or her seat paying attention.
It doesn’t take a shout of “Let’s be quiet” or “I won’t start until everyone is ready” to get them to focus on you.
If the student has not made a real effort, then that student will be given a short homework assignment, due the next day. (This homework cannot be done during class time.) In most cases, students will work for peer approval by doing the assignment.
Another strategy to motivate students to stay on task would be to have students who have not stayed on task remain after class for a minute.It can be just as effective to walk to the front of the room and engage them with something interesting to them such as “My thermometer said it was zero this morning.It must have been freezing out there waiting for the bus” or “How many of you saw the Hunger Games?If that paper has no mistakes, then the whole class will have a shorter (or no) warm-up the next day.If a randomly selected paper is perfect, that student instantly is the class hero.If there is no penalty for not working, they have no reason to work.