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Attention! Attention! Attention? Hello?

The class is noisy. Like, really noisy. Like, not only can you not hear your own thoughts but your thoughts have left the building altogether. Time to rein the students back in and turn the volume down to a low roar. Find some fresh ideas for attention codes to try out with your class here! I've always been partial to a clapping pattern that students mimic back. Saves your voice too!
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Attention! Attention! Attention? Hello?
  • k6educators.about.com
    k6educators.about.com

    Maintain a Quiet Classroom Without Having to Say a Word

    5 minute read
    Melissa Williams says:
    This video and related info are truly great for teachers. As the author says, save your voice and (most importantly) your sanity. I like that she points out that your strategy may have to change from time to time to combat complacency. Definitely a good tip.
  • Melissa Williams says:
    Save your precious voice for teaching lessons! Not only do you not want to end up with a sore throat and a headache by the end of the day, but yelling never seems to be all that effective anyway. Read this article to become a master of the quiet and quirky ways to command attention. It's the best thing for you and your students too: you save your voice and time, they enjoy seeing the things you come up with being the fun-loving teacher you are!
  • teachhub.com
    teachhub.com

    A Collection of Quiet Cues, Attention Getters

    3 minute read
    Melissa Williams says:
    This article includes verbal and non-verbal cues as well as tips for actually keeping students' attention once you get it. If you want to leave people wondering about your magic teaching powers, try some non-verbal ones out!
  • Melissa Williams says:
    If you want an entertaining read and some new ideas for getting your kids' attention, check out this article. I like the pirate one and the Vanilla Ice-inspired one is just too good. There is also one about starting out in a quiet voice with the noisy students eventually quieting down to hear what's going on. That's another stand-by I like to use. Definitely a fun article, enjoy!
  • Melissa Williams says:
    This is a compilation of teachers' best ideas for getting their students' attention. Yay for rain sticks and creative twists on countdowns! Prepare to be inspired.
  • Melissa Williams says:
    Okay, these are just fun to read about and I'm always interested to hear ideas from other teachers as they tend to be endlessly creative. The tips presented in the slideshow are solid and unique. Read the comments below for even more ideas. Anything that involves a simple action (bonus points if it's non-verbal) that causes students to move into what they should be doing next silently and seamlessly is just so cool to me. Classroom management at its finest.