Motivating Students with Talk Blocks

I’m back with another idea for using Talk Blocks in the classroom.

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Last time around I used the Talk Blocks by Learning Resources to teach letter sounds, this time I’m using them to increase student motivation.

Research shows that students who are engaged and motivated learn more. One of the best ways I have found to engage and motivate young children is to use the cheers created by Dr. Jean. Dr. Jean has all of her cheers available for free on her website HERE. I created a video using a few cheers with the talk blocks, click below to watch.

Motivating Students with Learning Resources Talk Blocks

Cheers are great for more than just motivation though; here are some additional benefits of using cheers in the classroom:

  • Engage and focus attention
  • Ease transitions between activities
  • Reinforce class routines
  • Develop eye-hand coordination
  • Nurture social skills
  • Provide positive reinforcement

The cheers are Dr. Jean’s own original creations; I am just sharing a different way to utilize them in the classroom.

If you need more visuals for the cheers check out Dr. Jean’s video on YouTube or the book Cheer Along With Dr. Jean which has pictures and step-by-step directions.

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About Vanessa Levin

Vanessa is the creator of Pre-K Pages and author of the book A Fabulous First Year and Beyond: A Practical Guide for Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers. She has more than two decades of teaching experience and enjoys helping kids and teachers through her professional development sessions. Follow Vanessa on Facebook, Google +, Twitter and Pinterest.

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