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Old 07-15-2019, 04:35 PM
 
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I have seen several teachers I follow on IG talking about wireless doorbells lately. Does anyone here have one in their classroom and if you do what do you use them for???


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I’ve seen it too on my teacher FB page. Apparently they use them for transitions, especially during centers.

I have to admit I initially blew it off, but I’m considering it.

And I just checked on Amazon, it’s less than $15. For that price I think I’ll try it.
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Old 07-15-2019, 04:56 PM
 
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My work wife has one!
She also teaches in the room next door to mine, so I've seen it in action.
She's an ESL teacher and has 3 paras - so there are 3 small groups running in her room and the 4th is right outside her room at a table in the hallway. She uses the doorbell to signal transitions so that the groups all move at the same time. She bought it early last school year and loves it. The one she has can be set to ring like a doorbell or play some ringtone type songs. So when a student has a birthday, she changes it to play the birthday song. I could see changing the song up sometimes to mix things up and make it fun.
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Old 07-15-2019, 05:13 PM
 
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Yes, I have one. I use to get the attention of the class during group work and centers. The students enjoy the change from call backs other teachers use.
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Old 07-15-2019, 05:14 PM
 
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I ordered one today. It makes 35 different sounds or tunes. For $12, we will give it a whirl. I’m hoping to do more centers this year so it may help.

And if it doesn’t work, I can drive the other teachers nuts. Just kidding. That is my one concern


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Old 07-15-2019, 05:16 PM
 
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I use it as a nonverbal attention-getter, typically to signal that it is too loud.

Mine stopped working after a year. I'll probably get another one.
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I don't use one. I have always told students that when a person is speaking to a group, you should listen. There is a difference is tone when addressing a small group and the entire room, and I want my students to understand that. I feel that gentle words are better than yelling or random noises or callbacks.
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Old 07-15-2019, 05:40 PM
 
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Iím with Overlightness, Iíve always just been able to get attention with a quick ďeyes on meĒ. But, this might make a nice change.

Iíll try it. If I hate it Iíll go back.
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Old 07-15-2019, 06:12 PM
 
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Overlightnes, I think I understand what you're saying. But I've always used a lot of nonverbal signals. When 29 kindergartners are playing it can get loud. I push button and they all get silent immediately and look at me. I wouldn't get such immediate results with my voice because they wouldn't hear me over their chatter.

I do still expect them to look and listen when I'm speaking to them.

I have many nonverbal signals that I use and they all mean something different. Once I teach them the signal I don't have to say anything.

A song means it's time to clean up morning work and come to the carpet for our morning meeting.

A chime means it's time to switch literacy stations. Three chimes means it's time to clean up all the way and go to rug.

Different timers and tones mean other rotation or cleanup times. I love the sound choices on classroomscreen.com.
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Old 07-15-2019, 06:21 PM
 
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I have one. I actually use it as a doorbell. Our doors have to stay closed and locked, and I canít hear people knock. It was $7 on Amazon.


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Old 07-15-2019, 06:53 PM
 
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I agree. I do teach older students, so they do understand the different. However, if you are working with younger children, they probably do need additional auditory reminders.

So I would say, it depends on the age level of the students.
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Old 07-16-2019, 03:46 AM
 
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I ordered one for next year. We switch classes in 5th grade and some of the teachers overuse the callbacks and students do t pay attention to it. Iím going to try this to see if it makes a difference. I figure for the price, it canít hurt.
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Old 07-16-2019, 05:45 AM
 
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I wasted money on one. The students canít hear it when they are all talking. I tried moving it, but if they are in the back of the room they canít hear it. Plus I kept losing the remote! Personally I didnít like it!
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Old 07-16-2019, 06:42 AM
 
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Iíve had mine in my classroom for two years and I absolutely love it! I attach the remote to my badge every morning so I never lose it. When I ring the bell the students know to stop what theyíre doing, put their hands on their heads and listen to me.

I love the different ringing options it has also. When the students would be extra chatty I would pick one student who ďwas making good choicesĒ to change the doorbell ringtone. It helped the noise and focus level!
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Old 07-16-2019, 05:58 PM
 
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The teacher next to me had one and it drove my class crazy. She had to turn it up to be louder than her students. Unfortunately, we heard it too. She wore the remote control on her shirt so it was always with her. She left loved it; we hated it.
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