Attention Signals - ProTeacher Community


GilesA GilesA is offline
New Member
 
Joined: Aug 2006
Posts: 12

GilesA
New Member
 
Joined: Aug 2006
Posts: 12
Attention Signals
Old 07-31-2007, 08:07 AM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #1

I was wondering what everyone did to get the attention of their students. I am looking for something new. The one I previously used was mandated by my old principal. New principal, new signal. Any ideas?


GilesA is offline   Reply With Quote


FischerTeach's Avatar
FischerTeach FischerTeach is offline
Full Member
 
Joined: Jun 2006
Posts: 259

FischerTeach
Full Member
 
FischerTeach's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2006
Posts: 259
Chimes
Old 07-31-2007, 08:11 AM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #2

I use chimes in my classroom. I find that it is a more soothing sound than clapping or a bell. In the past, I also used the "If you can here me clap once" trick, but I found that to be rather annoying.
FischerTeach is offline   Reply With Quote
momofnicholas momofnicholas is offline
Junior Member
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 58

momofnicholas
Junior Member
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 58
Chimes are awesome!
Old 07-31-2007, 08:22 AM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #3

I'm also a chime fan. I have great success with chimes for the past 3 years.
momofnicholas is offline   Reply With Quote
volstate's Avatar
volstate volstate is offline
Senior Member
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 2,765

volstate
Senior Member
 
volstate's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 2,765

Old 07-31-2007, 10:30 AM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #4

I have a train whistle that the students love. Sometimes we do hand claps, or depending on what we are working on a timer. Most of the time it is the whistle. Oh, I do sometime hold my hand in the air. That is our signal if we are in a large group situation.
volstate is offline   Reply With Quote
kellihenry kellihenry is offline
Junior Member
 
Joined: Jun 2007
Posts: 56

kellihenry
Junior Member
 
Joined: Jun 2007
Posts: 56
Call-backs
Old 07-31-2007, 11:53 AM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #5

Here are some we used at a week long workshop I just finished.

The teacher says the first word (or phrase) and the whole class is supposed to say the second word (or phrase). I have put a hypen in to see the break.

For science and math-
problem-solvers

General classes-
What we have here-is a failure to communicate
To be or not to be-that is the question
Hey-ho

Use your school name & mascot
Nicoma Park-Falcons

I am from Oklahoma and we have a wonderful Bedlam battle going on, so you could also use college names.
Boomer-Sooner
Orange-power

I hope this helps. Good luck this year.
Kelli


kellihenry is offline   Reply With Quote
Ellens4th
Guest
 
 

Ellens4th
Guest
 
 
My solution
Old 07-31-2007, 01:01 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #6

I put my hand in the air. If this fails to work I go sit at my desk. I don't sit much during the day so it is pretty obvious. All of a sudden I will hear "She's waiting". All of a sudden it is quiet!
It works for me!
  Reply With Quote
AmyJ
Guest
 
 

AmyJ
Guest
 
 
Stop, Look, Listen
Old 07-31-2007, 01:19 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #7

In a Kagan Cooperative Learning class I took last summer they suggested putting your hand in the air and slowing saying "Stop...Look....Listen" as you are saying this the kids should be 1) stopping where ever they are or whatever they are doing, 2) looking to you for instructions (and for a while I waited for all of their hands to be in the air too before I continued-then towards the middle of the year they tappered off with that but where all looking at me-for the most part), and 3) listen to instructions. Once you are good at this Kagan says the process of "Stop, Look, Listen" should get the kids quiet in 5 seconds-in a perfect world! But I sometimes would look at the clock and they get quiet pretty quick because I would have them owe me those few seconds they were wasting. I know-mean, mean, mean!
  Reply With Quote
mrsstewart mrsstewart is offline
New Member
 
Joined: Jan 2007
Posts: 4

mrsstewart
New Member
 
Joined: Jan 2007
Posts: 4
Quiet signal
Old 07-31-2007, 01:34 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #8

Last year I used a little bit of everything. I sometimes would raise my hand and wait, sometimes a bell, and then my husband bought me these cool croaking frogs from Thailand. I think the biggest thing is not to start talking until it is absolutely quiet.

I love the phrase thing. I may have to try that!
mrsstewart is offline   Reply With Quote
curlygirl2 curlygirl2 is offline
Senior Member
 
Joined: Aug 2006
Posts: 1,186

curlygirl2
Senior Member
 
Joined: Aug 2006
Posts: 1,186
Voices... Shhhh
Old 07-31-2007, 01:53 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #9

I have tried Give Me Five, the raised hand, basically everything...

At a workshop some years back, I heard this one... The teacher says Voices in a calm voice and the kids say sssssh.

Works every time... Good luck! Great suggestions by the way!
curlygirl2 is offline   Reply With Quote
tennisteacher
Guest
 
 

tennisteacher
Guest
 
 
cool chant
Old 07-31-2007, 03:49 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #10

At my son's soccer camp they used a phrase to get attention. The leader says:

www dot

and the kids say

zip it dot com

Then kids loved it and were perfectly quiet after they chanted it once.
  Reply With Quote
MrsM*Rm117 MrsM*Rm117 is offline
Full Member
 
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 226

MrsM*Rm117
Full Member
 
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 226
Check this out!
Old 07-31-2007, 04:43 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #11

This was posted on the busy board-some are appropriate for 5th!

http://www.proteacher.net/discussion...ad.php?t=49148
MrsM*Rm117 is offline   Reply With Quote
J.Elaine's Avatar
J.Elaine J.Elaine is offline
Senior Member
 
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 1,431
Blog Entries: 5

J.Elaine
Senior Member
 
J.Elaine's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 1,431
On 5 . . .
Old 07-31-2007, 04:51 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #12

It may sound kind of silly when I type it out, but here's what I do.

Raise my hand and say (rather loudly), "On 5, you are getting quiet."
Then a little quieter, "On 4, everyone is heading back to his or her own seat."
A little quieter yet, "On 3, you are getting ready to listen."
Even quieter, "On 2, all eyes on me."
Then quietest of all, "On 1, . . . . (start giving instructions)"

Of course, I don't always say the same things, but the point is I raise my hand to get their attention and get a little quieter each time as I count down. Sometimes everyone is ready to listen by the time I get to 4!!!!!! It works very well for me and my 4th and 5th graders.
J.Elaine is offline   Reply With Quote
tnteacherman's Avatar
tnteacherman tnteacherman is offline
Junior Member
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 67

tnteacherman
Junior Member
 
tnteacherman's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 67
Music
Old 07-31-2007, 05:11 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #13

I use Music in my classroom. Students work or whisper talk in group work until the particular song (length determined by time needed) ends then all know that it is time to be silent. It has worked really well at keeping the kids on task, for getting their attention when their time is over, and getting focused back on me. It also helps in blocking the "extra" noises that seem to distract some kids (i.e. other groups talking, the lights humming, outside sounds, etc.) The students really enjoy hearing some of my "oldies" as well since most finish their task a little early and can focus on the music. Hope this helps!
tnteacherman is offline   Reply With Quote
J.Elaine's Avatar
J.Elaine J.Elaine is offline
Senior Member
 
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 1,431
Blog Entries: 5

J.Elaine
Senior Member
 
J.Elaine's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 1,431
Music
Old 07-31-2007, 06:16 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #14

We use music when we're transitioning between subjects, breaks, cleaning up, etc. I say they have all the time . . . until . . . the music stops. They really hustle. It's energizing, too!
J.Elaine is offline   Reply With Quote
ashleymarie81's Avatar
ashleymarie81 ashleymarie81 is offline
Full Member
 
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 329

ashleymarie81
Full Member
 
ashleymarie81's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 329
respect
Old 07-31-2007, 08:28 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #15

I've used Aretha Franklin's, Respect, to cue my students when it is time to line up for lunch, activity, recess, etc. I will secretly tell a student to "hit play" and the music comes on. As soon as my students hear the song they immediately stop what they're doing, push in their chairs and quietly line up. If they're not lined up when the song is over (which never happened), they have to move their clip as a consequence.

The song is fun and upbeat and it's funny to see the kids lining up quietly but yet somewhat dancing with their head bobbing too.

We practiced this a lot during the first couple of weeks of school.

Ashley
ashleymarie81 is offline   Reply With Quote
JOJO'S MOM's Avatar
JOJO'S MOM JOJO'S MOM is offline
Full Member
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 241

JOJO'S MOM
Full Member
 
JOJO'S MOM's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 241
5-4-3-2-1 clap
Old 07-31-2007, 08:31 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #16

I do a call and response clap. I say "5-4-3-2-1" (and clap at the same time). Then, the kids repeat it back to me. It's easy and it gets their attention quickly!
JOJO'S MOM is offline   Reply With Quote
sunnyteach03's Avatar
sunnyteach03 sunnyteach03 is offline
Full Member
 
Joined: Sep 2005
Posts: 372

sunnyteach03
Full Member
 
sunnyteach03's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2005
Posts: 372

Old 07-31-2007, 09:24 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #17

do you play the whoel respect song? Do you find you are waiting there just for the song to finish if they line up quick, or do you turn it off once they're lined up? I like that idea!
sunnyteach03 is offline   Reply With Quote
ashleymarie81's Avatar
ashleymarie81 ashleymarie81 is offline
Full Member
 
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 329

ashleymarie81
Full Member
 
ashleymarie81's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 329
not the whole song
Old 07-31-2007, 09:42 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #18

No no no....I've never had to wait till the song was finished. As my students had the routine down pat, we'd be out the door before the chorus started..ha. Sometimes I personally wanted to hear..."what you want...baby I got it..."
ashleymarie81 is offline   Reply With Quote
Jacky5's Avatar
Jacky5 Jacky5 is offline
Junior Member
 
Joined: Sep 2005
Posts: 34

Jacky5
Junior Member
 
Jacky5's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2005
Posts: 34
Moving their clips - Ashleymarie81
Old 08-01-2007, 01:05 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #19

Ashleymarie,

I love the Respect idea! I was just curious about your clip system. I am considering using a system like that with my 5th graders, and I'd love to hear about what your consequences are for when they move clips.

Thanks!
-Jacky5
Jacky5 is offline   Reply With Quote
ashleymarie81's Avatar
ashleymarie81 ashleymarie81 is offline
Full Member
 
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 329

ashleymarie81
Full Member
 
ashleymarie81's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 329
clipboard conduct
Old 08-01-2007, 01:19 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #20

Thanks Jacky!

I use what I call "Clipboard Conduct" as my discipline plan. I'll include a link below that tells a little bit about it. Send me a PM if you're not clear on something.

Ashley

http://ashleyhogue.com/disciplineplan.htm

http://ashleyhogue.com/classroompics.htm

Last edited by ashleymarie81; 08-01-2007 at 01:24 PM.. Reason: woops...forgot to add the link!
ashleymarie81 is offline   Reply With Quote
danielle's Avatar
danielle danielle is offline
Junior Member
 
Joined: Jun 2006
Posts: 41

danielle
Junior Member
 
danielle's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2006
Posts: 41

Old 08-01-2007, 04:38 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #21

some ideas I have used are:

saying stop, look and listen

count 1,2,3

flick the lights

It really depends on the class and what works
danielle is offline   Reply With Quote
Deah Deah is offline
New Member
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 26

Deah
New Member
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 26
class signals
Old 08-01-2007, 09:39 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #22

I wind up a musical jewelry box on Monday. When I need their attention, I open the box and the music begins. If there is music left on Friday afternoon they receive a treat or free time
Deah is offline   Reply With Quote

Join the conversation! Post as a guest or become a member today. New members welcome!

Reply

 

>
ARCHIVE
Thread Tools



Sign Up FREE | ProTeacher Help | BusyBoard

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:22 PM.


Copyright © 2014 ProTeacher®
For individual use only. Do not copy, reproduce or transmit.
source: www.proteacher.net