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Old 08-22-2010, 04:44 PM
 
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Greetings,

So I am moving to 3rd after teaching 1st and 2nd for 3 years... What attention grabbers do you use? I've used "1-2-3, eyes on me" and different clap patterns, but I don't want to do something that's too "baby-ish." The other difficulty is that I'm looping with half of my class from last year, so 7 of them are familiar with what I've done in the past. Thoughts??

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Old 08-22-2010, 04:50 PM
 
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I use a bell when I want their attention. They know when they hear the bell they have to freeze. We practice it a lot and they enjoy it. It's almost like a game to them.
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bell (stations rotations)
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i used the bell too! for first grade (last year). i used it to grab student attention before we switched centers. the students were to give me five when they heard the bell ring. it worked great. just practice lots!!! i used 'give me five' any other time i needed their attention.
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"class"--"yes"
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i forget where i was first introduced to "power teaching", but if you google it, it will tell you how to teach your class to respond to you.

essentially, you say, "class" and they respond, "yes", but they have to say "yes" in the manner in which you said "class". so if you say, "claaaaas?"--they respond with "yeeeeees!"

they also like it when i use different voices--high-pitched, whispered, growling. it's the first year i've used it and so far it's working really well. they caught on really quickly!

the videos on the "power teaching" website will make this make more sense.
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Old 08-22-2010, 05:02 PM
 
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I also use class yes. But you do have to teach them that there are TWO parts. Saying yes, and then mouths closed, eyes on you. Otherwise they'll say yes and just carry on with what they were doing, .


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I like to sing, so I begin to sing a simple song such as "You are my sunshine.." The class then joins in and once the first stanza or refrain is done, I have their attention. I even use it when I need to get their attention in the hall or on the playground. I vary the songs. The kids really seem to like it.
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Old 08-22-2010, 05:24 PM
 
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I teach 3rd grade and I use 5 4 3 2 1. They know at one they need to have their hands free and eyes on me. It works for me!
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Power teaching is the best!
Old 08-22-2010, 05:47 PM
 
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I just love using power teaching with my third graders! I use Class-Yes, all the time. You can see this in action on youtube. Check it out, and good luck!!
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I learned this from a "Factivation" workshop -- you can teach your difficult multiplication facts using fun call-backs. For example: teacher - 7 beetles, 6 legs walking to the zoo
students - How many legs?? Forty-two.
Or teacher: 1..2..3..4 students: 12 is 3 times 4, teacher: 5..6..7..8 students: 56 is 7 times 8.
And I agree with birdnerd - you MUST be sure they know that all eyes should be on you as soon as they respond.

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Old 08-22-2010, 05:49 PM
 
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I say, If you can hear me, clap once, if you can hear me clap twice. That gets their attention fast!

Another one I use is, If you can hear me put your hand on your head, if you can hear me put your hand on your ear, if you can hear me, if you can hear me put your finger on your lips. (the kids do the motions as you say them)

Give me 5

Energy chime

I say 1,2,3, Red Light and they stop what they are doing

The teacher next door says Ech-o (with a tune) and the kids repeat back and stop what they are doing. It is really cutel

Good Luck!


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Old 08-22-2010, 06:02 PM
 
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I learned some new ideas here. Thanks!

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do a PT search
Old 08-22-2010, 06:27 PM
 
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cause I know this has come up before!

Here are a few:

T: SpongeBob
S: Squarepants

T: Are ya ready kids?
S: Ay Ay Captain!

T: Macaroni and Cheese
S: Everybody Freeze

T: All Set?
S: You Bet.

T: Ready, Set, please...
S: Freeze

T: Whatcha Gonna Do?
S: Put our eyes on you
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Old 08-22-2010, 09:07 PM
 
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I use Give Me Five: (Raise my hand in the air with fingers spread apart)

1. Eyes on speaker
2. Be silent
3. Stay still
4. Put things away (Hands are free)
5. Listen

Works for me!

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Old 08-22-2010, 10:41 PM
 
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I do Give Me 3...my own version of give me 5......it's 3 fingers(stop look listen)

THe Bell

Turn off lights(freeze like a statue/silence)

count down from 5 to 0...really works.

Hocus Pocus
Everybody focus (students)

hands and eyes!
hands and eyes! (students)....also must repeat in a similar tone of voice that is sing songy....and they must fold hands on desk and look up at the teacher....its Power Teaching. I think power teaching is where the people got the class yes.

I also do that for the line sometimes....hands and eyes.....they say hands and eyes, and they look forward with hands behind back (saw it in power teaching)

I also got "follow directions, quickly!" with a clapping, hand motion from power teaching

haha, google power teaching videos on youtube, or just in general, i think you can see these working in classrooms!
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I clap
Old 08-23-2010, 02:47 AM
 
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I clap and they copy me...
T: clap clapclapclap
S: clap clapclapclap

I vary the pattern and they LOVE it. I have used this in 5th grade and in 3rd grade.

Like PP's have said it is important that they know to do after the signal.
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Old 08-23-2010, 03:45 AM
 
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I use, "Catch my sign!" and the students give me a peace sign.
I've also used "Salami"- Stop And Look At Me Immediately

I'm really interested in this power teaching. You've all made me go look!
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Salami
Old 08-23-2010, 04:44 AM
 
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Risa posted this last summer. Just say SALAMI. It stands for:

Stop
And
Look
At
Me
Immediately!
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Ideas
Old 08-23-2010, 08:12 AM
 
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My kids loved...

"Claaaass"
"Yeeees"

when I did it today! Thanks!
Now, you guys have added more that I'm going to try!


Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!
I think I might share these on Alpha Apple.
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look in collections
Old 08-23-2010, 08:46 AM
 
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On the homepage, you can go to "Collections." There is a section with Attention Getters. My favorites are:

Hear ye, hear, ye!
All eyes on the queen!

Ready to rock?
Ready to roll!

Ba-da-ba-ba- ba (the "McDonald's" tune)
I'm loving it!
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Sound of the day
Old 08-24-2010, 01:25 AM
 
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I use a sound or phrase of the day. For example, I have many different types of noise makers and at the beginning of the day I introduce which one is the sound of the day. Then, whenever they hear that they know I need their attention. I like mixing it up on a daily basis as it seems to keep them on their toes!
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Stop
Old 08-28-2010, 04:09 AM
 
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I've been teaching third grade for 5 years now and I found that STOP works the best.

T: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, STOP
S: S-T-O-P, stop stop stop (everyone "stops" what they are doing and freeze at this point with their eyes on me)
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