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Old 07-29-2013, 03:05 PM
 
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Im wondering how common it is for subs or even teachers use "attention getters". At my old job in the after-school program, we would use them for (big surprise), getting the kids' attention. I've seen other people on here post about clapping patterns, but we also use sayings like...Me:"One Two" Kids:"Eyes on you!" or if you wanna be a bit more silly, Me:"Sponge Bob" Kids:"Squarepants!"

Im kind of uncertain about using it as a sub because I dont know if its things that they are only used to doing in the after-school program, and if I do it during day school maybe they wont take me seriously.

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I don't know how common it is, but I think if you tell the class at the beginning of the day how you will be getting their attention and practice it a few times it's a great idea.
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most of us use them
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One of my colleagues even sings hers, and her class sings back. In the collections section of PT you'll find a bunch of them. They might be listed under "Call Backs." The one that saves my kids' lives when they are acting up is "Here ye, here ye!" and they reply, "All eyes on the queen!" That never gets old.
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If you can hear me say........
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Yes, Miss X! ( Some students :Yes Miss X) One more time please, say Yes Miss X! (All students: Yes Miss X!) Worked every time for me.
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I used them in my kinder class and plan on using them with my 2nds. Just let them know at the beginning of the day what you will say and how you want them to respond. Practice them a few times too. Make sure you let them know that after they say their part they need to be quiet and focus on you.

Some callbacks I've used:

"Hocus Pocus"..."We must focus!"
"Scooby Doo"..."Where are you?"
"1,2,3 All eyes on me"..."1,2 Eyes on you!"


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a couple of sound signals. I have a rhythm band thing with bells on it to shake and a pair of castanets. Both get quiet quickly. I also use a shaped wire that I can tap on a hard surface to create a sustained note--that one works best of all. It is rather quiet so I use it to judge the noise level with the students--how many strikes does it take for everyone to hear it. It works for all elementary grades. It's called a majic wand and available at Lark in the Morning. http://larkinam.com/Etherealx.html
They have a variety of interesting small sound makers that would work well to get quiet and attention.
Not sure how any would do at secondary--they start too early for me to venture there.

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ask the class to tell me the classroom teacher's "attention getter." Once in a while I will get lucky and use the teacher's signal without asking first. One neat one: The teacher had a wound-up music box on her desk. If I lifted the lid, music began to play. That was the signal that the class needed to immediately be quiet and wait for instruction. The music didn't stop until the room was quiet. At the end of the day, there needed to be music left on the box, or there was some consequence. Brilliant!
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"Here ye, here ye!" and they reply, "All eyes on the queen!"
Can I just say, that is amazing!?

As a sub, I would use my own attention getters. They changed for the grade level. Younger kids I would use the "123 eyes on me" or "If you can hear me, clap twice." For older kids, I would use the "If you can hear me, clap twice" or "Everybody, mouths closed, eyes on me!"

I always started the day explaining my expectations and how sometimes a sub has different ways of doing things than their regular teacher. Often I would ask if I looked like their regular teacher. Younger kids usually really giggle if their teacher is a man (I'm a woman). Then throughout the day if they told me "Mrs. So and So doesn't do it that way." I would respond with "Am I Mrs. So and So?" During this explanation, I always went over my attention getter.

Older grades resent the attention getters (I'm talking high school). So, in the mornings I explain that if I have to ask for their attention more than once, I will treat them like elementary students and use the attention getter.
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