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Old 06-28-2010, 06:29 PM
 
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I'm use to grade 1 where you can do little chants or finger plays to get students' attention. What things do you do with grade 3 that is not too primary to signal everyone when the students are gathered together at the carpet?


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to clap a sequence and the kids repeat. I usually do it 3 times: first sequence about 1/2 the kids repeat. second sequence (different) 2/3 of the class repeats. By the third sequence, all the kids are listening to the beat and clapping.
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If you go to the home page, at the top click on "Collections." There are lists of neat things from the site already organized for us. Under Behavior Management you'll find "Attention Getters." I think that's what you're looking for. I got some fun call-backs from there.
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:42 PM
 
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I blink the lights. It works well if you do not use this method too often.

I also use, "Give me five."
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I teach 4th and my students still love and obey Give Me Five. My parents are impressed with the method and have used it whenever they come in to do enrichment activities. This enables parents to easily keep control with group projects.


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Old 06-29-2010, 04:31 AM
 
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I usually just start counting down from 3 in a normal voice any time I want their attention. They get accolades for being quiet by the time I get to 2. It works well for me.
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Old 06-29-2010, 06:24 AM
 
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I say SALAMI. It stands for Stop And Look At Me Immediately. It has worked very well with my class.
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I say hookus pokus (not sure how to spell that!) and they answer with time to focus. My kids love that!
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Old 06-29-2010, 09:00 AM
 
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I quietly at first say, put your hands on your heads, put them on your shoulders etc. until everyone is ready. I find this a nice way when others are in the class. I give candy sometimes to the first person who heard me. It doesn't take long when most of the class is doing different things together before the whole class is doing it too.
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Old 06-29-2010, 09:15 AM
 
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My main two things are dinging a bell on my desk or holding my hand in the air. Sometimes I don't say anything at all and see how quickly they can get quiet just by noticing my hand, sometimes I put it in the air and count back from 5. They are supposed to be quiet by the time I get to 1. These work really well for me!


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Next year, I think I'm going to use actual sign language to get the students attention. Have to find a website that shows how to demonstrate : quiet, line up, sit down, clear away everything. I think it would be great to expose them to something real that they otherwise wouldn't see.
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I usually gain my students' attention by quietly saying, "If you can hear me, raise your hand." I repeat this a few times until all of the kids have their hand up. The kids normally catch on pretty quickly...especially when they see their peers sitting quietly with a hand raised.
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:47 AM
 
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Next year, I think I'm going to use actual sign language to get the students attention. Have to find a website that shows how to demonstrate
This site (Rick Morris-New Management) has printable posters specifically for classroom management. I've used them for several years and they've been very effective!
http://www.newmanagement.com/main/sign_language.html
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I love the SALAMI idea!
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Just quirky enough for third grade! I do the hand clapping pattern of "shave and a haircut, 2 bits" 3 times, and by the third time everyone should be doing it along with me. I think the biggest thing I've learned over the years is to make sure everyone is listening, with all of their body parts, before you talk.
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Old 06-29-2010, 12:34 PM
 
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Risa - Thanks for posting the Rick Morris site. That was going to be my next search so I could post it. I also use his sign language tools, and they work very well!

Misscrig - Love the SALAMI idea! I'm can't wait to use it!!
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So many great ideas! Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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Old 06-29-2010, 04:45 PM
 
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For the past few years I have had my grade three's "Stop and Press Pause." As I say this I press my imaginary pause button in the air, and the students do the same. It has been quite effective and I plan on using it in the future.
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SALAMI sign
Old 06-29-2010, 08:51 PM
 
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I say SALAMI. It stands for Stop And Look At Me Immediately. It has worked very well with my class.
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Misscrig - Love the SALAMI idea! I'm can't wait to use it!!
I'm thinking this might be a fun one to try out with my next group of students, too, so I decided to make a sign for it. Maybe someone else will be able to use the sign, too.
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Old 06-30-2010, 07:04 AM
 
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I like the Salami idea for getting attention, but do just say Salami and the kids stop what they're doing or do they say something back?

I've used the "class" "yes" from Whole Brain Teaching and find that works well, too.
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Old 06-30-2010, 07:49 AM
 
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Thank you for designing the poster. I was going to do the same thing. You have saved me a lot of time! Thanks so much.
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Old 06-30-2010, 08:24 AM
 
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I just say SALAMI, and they know to look at me. They do not say anything back. Glad I could help with the idea!
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ECHO for listening
Old 07-03-2010, 01:05 PM
 
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I use ECHO for many situations - lining up at recess, activity transitions, etc... For instance, the students are rowdy from lining up after the whistle blows at recess. I stand beside a class and say, "Echo.....I will". They say, "I will". "Face the front" (they echo), "Hands by my side", "Chin up", etc... When I'm ready for no echoing, I simply put my hand on my chest and say "My turn".......This same idea works in class..."I will not........run in the hall.......talk in the restroom........during my break."

When I use "1 2 3 All Eyes on Me", I model at the beginning of the year. I tell them I need 50 eyeballs on me (25 students). They love that one!

I rarely blink the lights but that means "Whip It and Zip It". We practice "whipping" our heads around to look at the teacher.

Students recite the "listening postition" when asked. "Heads up, Hands in Our Lap, Feet on the Floor, Eyes on the Teacher". There are lots of "listening positions" out there! Students enjoy the use of hand motions (two hands lifting faceup, two hands facedown, point to floor, point to teacher).
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Old 07-03-2010, 03:31 PM
 
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We use the following when the WHOLE SCHOOL is in an assembly: (Usually, while other grade levels are filing in, one of us will go to the front and just start)...

Teacher: Clap Clap Clap
Student body: repeats

Teacher: Clap Snap Clap
Student body: repeats

Clap Clap Pat Pat (on the knees) Snap Snap Pat Pat
Repeat in whatever combinations

If you want, it can get more and more complicated...the kids LOVE it..

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