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On the home page you will see the word "Collections." In it is a list of tons of neat resources that have been collected, and one of them is "Attention Getters." I use a bunch of them from there. One of my favorites: "Hear ye, hear ye!" "All eyes on the queen!"

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Discussion Review (newest messages first)
runbug5 08-10-2012 05:47 PM

Teacher: "Red Robin"
Students : "YUM!"
The kids love it and they are always silent with eyes on me after their YUM!

1956BD 08-10-2012 05:18 PM

These are fun! Someone shared these last year. I am just passing them on. My third graders liked them.

feedingone 08-08-2012 12:44 PM

I use a mini harmonica - after blowing it, the student's put their hand up in the air and turn and look at me. It's soothing and the kids know instantly to quiet down and listen.

Bolend 08-05-2012 02:31 PM

Last year I said, Give me three, which meant Stop, Look and Listen. They responded well to this, but I may try something different this year.

AggieTchr 08-04-2012 09:14 PM

I say "give me five."..the students in response hold up one hand and:

1. put your eyes on the speaker, 2. get quiet, 3.stop what you are doing, 4. get your hands free, and 5. LISTEN

It works really well

charliesun 08-04-2012 06:03 PM

I do different things like:

-turn off the lights
-ring chimes
-play a harmonica
-ring a bell
-say "Clap once (twice, three, whatever I want) if you can hear me." and repeat until everyone does it and is listening
-countdown timer

This year I want to try short clips of songs from tv shows and movies. "I Dream of Jeanie" to line up.

bgsu99 08-04-2012 03:31 PM

I use a bicycle horn (it's just a little $5 plastic horn I bought at Walmart). I'll toot it when I want the kids attention- we've even named him Junior and the kids love it and respond great to it. They know when they hear Junior they must stop and look at me. I used to use a bell but I wanted something a little "different" and he has worked!

SassyTeach 08-03-2012 08:52 PM

I use this:

1 ding means to listen up
2 dings means it's time to clean up and go back to your desk
3 really loud, hard dings "You are too loud and I'm gettin' pissed!" (Not exactly in those words, of course!)

Risa 08-03-2012 08:35 PM

When I read the SALAMI Attention Signal I was reminded of a quick sign I posted a few years back on this thread that was also about attention signals.

In my own class, after lots of trial and error what has worked most consistently is when I just raise my hand and say, "Raise your hand if you're quiet/ready to listen." That generally works with maybe only one more repetition.

If the chatter continues, I might add, "Tap your neighbor on the shoulder if he/she needs to end the conversation."

If they're in the middle of a pair-share or collaborative work, I might say, "Start finishing up your sentences... 5....4....3....2....1. Raise your hand if you are ready to listen."

Megteach 08-03-2012 07:53 PM

If the students are busy working in groups, I use:

I taught this at the beginning of the year and they actually liked to respond (correctly) to it.

Another was "Popsicle." They freeze and wait to hear the new directions from the teacher. Then the teacher says "Melt" and they return to working with their group.

teachindakidz 08-03-2012 06:26 PM

I would like to try something different too for an attention getter. Right now I have chimes in my classroom that I ring when I need everyone's attention.

annie3 08-03-2012 04:42 PM

I found a bunch of these somewhere...maybe Pinterest, and my students loved them. I changed them once a week until we had a long repertoire. Here are some I remember:
Too infinity................and beyond
1,2,3, eyes on me............1,2, eyes on you
Hear ye, hear ye...............all eyes on the queen
Lollipop, lollipop................oh, lolly, lolly, lolly, lollipop (then they made a popping sound)
Goodness Gracious............great balls of fire

I also used "Class/yes" from Whole Brain Teaching

Munchkins 08-03-2012 04:41 PM

On the home page you will see the word "Collections." In it is a list of tons of neat resources that have been collected, and one of them is "Attention Getters." I use a bunch of them from there. One of my favorites: "Hear ye, hear ye!" "All eyes on the queen!"

rlnrodgers 08-03-2012 04:04 PM

I say: "All set?" and students respond with "You bet!" They really like it.

newfourth6108 08-03-2012 12:55 PM

What do you use as your signal to get the kids' attention when you want them to stop what they're doing and listen to you, and how well has that worked for you? I currently raise my hand and wait for everyone else to raise their hand before I start speaking. If I need it to happen faster, I combine this with ringing my desk bell. I've done this for 4 years, but I'm not completely satisfied.

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