- Bringing us pictures they've drawn
- Giving us a hug
- Saying, "Good morning, Ms. Jones!"
- Saying, "You're the best teacher in the world!"
- Making eye contact and smiling
- Asking us about our personal lives - "What's your dog's name?"
So it may seem strange at first, but what you can do is teach children how to get attention in positive ways. Model nice things they can say to you and other adults, and have them practice. You can use puppets with younger children, personal lists of things to say written on index cards for older children. Suggest to the child that he or she can shake your hand when they come into the classroom, or ask how you are feeling. And most important of all, make sure that when the child begins to use any of these strategies, you give plenty of positive attention and feedback!!! As children begin to get more attention in positive ways, they will have less of a need to get this attention by using more challenging behavior. Helping children learn these new strategies takes a while, so be patient. Practice again and again and before long you should see some progress.