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Attention, Please!

When I want to begin class, my first challenge is to get students' attention. Creating and implementing an attention signal is a great way to do this consistently and efficiently. These resources provide dozens of ideas that you can try in your classroom, many of which I have found to be extremely helpful in my own practice.
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Attention, Please!
  • Annelise Hein says:
    When I want to begin class, my first challenge is to get students' attention. Creating and implementing an attention signal is a great way to do this consistently and efficiently. These resources provide dozens of ideas that you can try in your classroom, many of which I have found to be extremely helpful in my own practice.
  • kellybear.com
    kellybear.com

    25 Ways to Obtain Children's Attention in a School Setting by Leah Davies, M.Ed.

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    Annelise Hein says:
    Here is a great list of attention signals you can pick and choose from! With first grade students, I had a lot of success with clapping rhythms. although it usually took two or three patterns before I had the whole class’s attention. I had standard rhythms that I used for the first and second claps, and then the third I varied. Sometimes I added motions such as clapping three times and then putting my hands on my head to see who was looking and listening.
  • Annelise Hein says:
    This PowerPoint presentation includes tips from many teachers so that each of us can find what works for us. At the same time, it is a good idea to learn from our colleagues, either by interviewing them or even by adopting another teacher’s approach. This PowerPoint is also a great tool for professional development with your peers. Use it to foster discussion on classroom management at your next department meeting!
  • Annelise Hein says:
    See elementary teachers talk about and implement attention signals that work for them, such as call and response, songs, counting up, and counting down. This video also addresses some questions like, “What do I do when the signal doesn’t work?” and “Should I use the same signal all the time or mix it up?” Take a look at the comments section for more ideas from teachers. I love the practicality of this resource, and I am inspired by the glimpses of teachers in action!
  • smartclassroommanagement.com
    smartclassroommanagement.com

    How To Signal For Your Students' Attention

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    Annelise Hein says:
    What is an attention signal? How do my students know what my signal is? Which signals should I use or not use? This article presents a unique opinion against hand signals and counting down, both of which I have used with varying success. However, I appreciate the rationale behind these “no-no’s” and I especially like the eight steps for teaching and reinforcing your attention signals.