Students in Space

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  1. VANewbie

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    What do you do about students who do not seem all there??? They can do the academics but they seem to be in space. Just staring into space all the time.

    I will sit right next to them and give directions and its like they did not even hear me. Maybe they are playing with something or just really seem like they are in space.

    They are not special education students and they are fully capable.

    Sometimes I do all eyes on me and ears listening and they do that but once I give the directions its like they did not hear it.

    Again they are capable of doing the work.
     
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  3. kcjo13

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    When you find out, let me know. My oldest daughter has been called a space cadet more than once. Trust me, as a parent, this is extremely frustrating!
     
  4. VANewbie

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    Yes it is very frustrating. I am basically right next to them and they don't do what I ask. It holds everyone up. I am going to try to touch and talk to them tomorrow. Maybe if I put my hand on their shoulder.
    So I am standing near them, a gentle touch and directions. But that can't happen every single day for every single transition.

    BTW...transitions are so hard with a lot of students.
     
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    are you talking about my class??
    i am still working on how to keep their attention for longer than 5 secs...
     
  6. mmswm

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    We call it "William planet" around here. It must be nice, because he spends more time there than he does in this world with the rest of us.
     
  7. VANewbie

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    Seriously I have to tell these kids to get busy at least 5 times in 10 mins.
     
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    That's all? You must have an awesome class this year.
     
  9. VANewbie

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    lol!!!!!!!!!!
    Sarge seriously it is worse than I put it.
     
  10. UVAgrl928

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    Haha, yes... I have one that literally sits and picks his nose all day long and doesn't do anything.

    I ask questions and get kids to repeat directions. Normally if I notice someone is spaced out, I call on them.
     
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    That's usually the best single thing you can do.
     
  12. VANewbie

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    But what do you do when it is time for them to work independently at their desks?

    I do call on them when they are spaced out during direct instruction.
     
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    I redirect. And redirect. And redirect.

    I hope that eventually they will need less and less redirection!
     

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