Attentiveness is “concentrating on the person or task before me.” Not only does this help you learn, but it shows how much you value the person or project in front of you.

Attentiveness isn’t always easy, especially in today’s multi-media and fast-paced world. Sometimes you have to silence your phone, turn off the television, or face away from other distractions in order to give someone the respect and attention they deserve.

I Will...

  1. Look at people when they speak.
  2. Ask questions if I don’t understand.
  3. Sit or stand up straight.
  4. Not draw attention to myself.
  5. Not be distracted by others.

Discussion Starters

  • Have you ever felt ignored? How did it make you feel?
  • Have you ever forgotten the answers to a test? What happened?
  • What is the opposite of attentiveness? Can you show me?
  • How do you think attentiveness can help you in school? At home?

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Learn hand motions for the poem and song. Listen to the nature story. Presented by Robert Greenlaw.

Get lyrics to the poem in the Attentiveness Curriculum.

Get music for "I'll Be Attentive" in the Songbook & CD set.

Read the full nature story in the Attentiveness Curriculum.