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Call & Response Attention Signals?
Old 07-01-2007, 01:08 PM
 
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What call and response attention signals do you use?

I like this type much better than the "1-2-3, eyes on me/1-2, eyes on you" type of thing, because it's easier to get them quiet quickly (such as when an announcement comes over the loudspeaker).

Last year, I said "Voices" and they would go, "Shhhhh." It worked really well, so I might do that again, but am looking for other ideas. We're doing a sports theme in our class this year, so anything along those lines would be especially great!


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Old 07-01-2007, 01:48 PM
 
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How about a "silent cheer?" You could say, "silent cheer" and they coud raise both hands (forcing them to put things down) in a silent cheer.
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teacher says "Peanut Butter" and the students then say "Jelly"... I know they are other ones but can't remember...
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I got these from another board, but they're great so thought I'd get them on this board.
If we all don't row: then we don't go
If you donít climb the mountain...
==>You canít see the view

Doing your best...
==>Means you never stop trying

When you believe in yourself...
==>Anything is possible!

Let your efforts...
==>Rise above your excuses

A mistake is a chance...
==>To try harder

Every choice you make counts...
==>Make choices you can count on!

Be satisfied...
==>With nothing but your best!

If you canít make a mistake ...
==>You canít make anything.

Hi ho! Hi ho! ...
==>Itís off to work we go!

Are you ready kids? ...
==>Aye, aye, Captain!

Weíre all that ...
==>And a bag of chips!
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Old 07-01-2007, 06:15 PM
 
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Teacher: Tootsie Roll, Lollipop
Students: We've been talking, now let's stop


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X marks the spot
Old 07-01-2007, 06:19 PM
 
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I have a large red X on the floor near the front of my classroom. When I step on it I say very quietly "I'm on my mark". Everyone returns to his/her own seat and silently places hands on desk. Kids love to demonstrate this to substitutes . I had to explain to the janitor why he shouldn't remove my red tape though .
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I say "Give my five." and put my hand up in the air. I teach them at the beginning of the year what I expect for them to do when they hear my say that or see my hand in the air. When I say it I expect their voices to be off so the room gets quiet almost immediately. We discuss that this is important because there may be an emergency that I need them quiet for. I also have a poster from Really Good Stuff that says the same thing. Throughout the year I get quieter when I say it so that the kids who are really paying attention get it first and then I reward them randomly so it is not expected.
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Give me five...
Old 07-02-2007, 10:50 AM
 
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By December, I just raise my five in the air silently and the rest of the class follows suit. The first table to silently have their fives in the air earns a reward.

During an observation, the principal was amazed how the kids were so tuned in.
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I got this idea from another board several years ago and it works if you model and practice it.
When I say SALAMI the kids stop what they are doing and stand and look at me immediately. They enjoy being a stick of salami. When I say bologna, they all sit down quietly.
It's dorky, but 3rd graders love it!

I also clap patterns and the kids echo the clap back.

I think it is important to have a good number of tricks up your sleeve, so I don't do the same thing all year long. Variety is the spice of life for me and the kids.

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A few more...
Old 07-02-2007, 02:58 PM
 
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Here are a few more that I know I got from this board:
Teacher: Marco
Students: Polo

Teacher: da da da ta da (the McDonald's jingle)
Students: I'm lovin' it!


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Dr. Seuss
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I know there is one with a Dr. Seuss. Does anyone know it? I think it was red fish, blue fish....
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Another one...
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From Great Expectations...
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Old 07-03-2007, 01:00 PM
 
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I love all the other recommendations listed above. Sometimes when I have my students think-pair-share, I use a rainstick to regain their attention. Works wonders...hard to believe how a sound can do that. I don't use it all the time, but I use if often after students have talked about something w/ a neighbor.
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Sorry...I didn't preview my reply last time!!
Old 07-03-2007, 06:24 PM
 
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What I thought of was one the kids like to use from Toy Story...
I say..."To infinity"..... (they say) "and beyond"

Also I say "Yabba Dabba" they say "DOOOO"
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Old 07-03-2007, 06:42 PM
 
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If you're talking about the Dr. Seuss book, then it's:
One fish, two fish
Red fish, blue fish


OP - I just do the "give me 5" as well - we use it school wide, so the kids all know what it means. Sometimes I have to remind them to "freeze" because they'll start walking around with their hands in the air. Then when I finish talking, I'll say, "Melt" and I get a kick out of watching some of them shrink to the ground.

I can't think of one related to sports, but I like the silent cheer.
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quiet signal
Old 07-03-2007, 06:49 PM
 
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We use "3-2-1"

Principals, Teachers and students will all put up three fingers and quietly count down to 1....and by the time they get to one it is complete silence. When it is a huge assembly nobody even has to count, they just use their fingers and it instantly quiets the crowd! We loved it!
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