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Old 08-03-2019, 09:13 AM
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Is it weird to put jingle bells on my classroom door? I seriously don't hear people coming into the room. Is there a less Christmasy idea?


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Old 08-03-2019, 09:19 AM
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My kids got a door alarm for their bedrooms one year that played nice harmonic sounds when the door was opened. I don't know where we got them, but I would guess they are around somewhere. Basically had a sensor that when the circuit "broke" made a sound. Maybe a STEM project!

I have had several times when I was teaching that I turned around and lo and behold the p was sitting there doing an observation. Sitting, computer out, so no idea how long they had been there. Our door is behind a 5 foot wall, so it doesn't take much to be surprised.
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Old 08-03-2019, 10:13 AM
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Presumably to keep kids from going out to the bathroom or to get a drink without telling me. Itís nice for knowing administrators are coming in, like you said. In our old building, the door squeaked loudly. Custodians kept asking if I wanted them to spray wd40 on it. I said no.
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Old 08-03-2019, 10:24 AM
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STEM Project, as Kahlua mentioned? https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Door-Alarm

I was thinking something kind of like this https://www.getkisi.com/guides/contact-sensor but I couldn't find exactly what I meant.

Lots of places have them- the little "ding - dong" when you open a door. It's mainly just to alert you someone has come in. Some seriously strong/loud velcro might do the same thing
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Old 08-03-2019, 11:24 AM
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I heard of one class where there was a student job that was to announce people who came into the classroom by saying, "Hello, Ms/Mr ***. How can we help you?" Her reasoning was manyfold: it made the kids have to know who was who, it made children practise their English, it let the teacher know when another adult was in the room


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Old 08-03-2019, 01:33 PM
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I had jingle bells on my door. I could hear students come and go and I always heard admin coming in for a walk through or unannounced observation.
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Old 08-03-2019, 01:42 PM
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I had them on my door. Too often I would be knee deep in something and not know someone had come in.
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Old 08-03-2019, 01:53 PM
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We attached a cute wind chime from the dollar tree to the top arm of the classroom door. The chimes were a cute gift from a student. Now, we know whenever someone opens the door.
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Old 08-03-2019, 03:38 PM
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I have a collegue who taught her class to start clapping when an adult walked into the room. She didn't hear or notice visitors either.
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Old 08-03-2019, 04:41 PM
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One year we had bells on one of our K doors because of a student who was a runner. Personally the noise would have driven me nuts.


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