Great Ideas: S.T.A.R. Students

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From the TCT archives: an attention-getting acronym

To get my students’ attention, I tell them to be S.T.A.R.s.

“S” stands for “Sit up straight,” feet on the floor and backs against the chair back.

“T” is for “Track the talker,” with eyes on the person speaking.

“A” stands for “Ask and answer like Aquinas,” phrasing questions and answers in complete sentences free from slang.

The “R” is for “Respect” to the speaker, as demonstrated by listening quietly and respecting themselves.

~ Submitted by Kathy Donian  (at time of original publication, St. Joseph School, Lincoln, Nebraska)

This great idea was originally published in our January/February 2013 issue.

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