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Gaining Children's Attention

Teaching Strategies Series 

Preschool teacher Nereida Diaz describes a strategy she uses in her classroom to focus children's attention, particularly after a period of active play. She puts her hands to her eyes to resemble a pair of glasses and says the phrase, "Hocus Pocus; everybody focus." The children respond with the same gesture and repeat the word, "focus."

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  • Producer: Terry Surprenant
    Videographer/Editor: Sean Leser
  • The Center wishes to thank New Heights Child Development Center in Willimantic, Connecticut, for their cooperation in the making of this video.
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