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I am student teaching, and finding it hard to find what works for me when getting the attention of the class when they are doing activities such as group work. The teacher I am working with does a clap pattern thing, which the kids have to repeat, and it works great for him! However, I feel very unnatural doing it so I wanted to try other things. I have tried turning off the lights and all eyes on me, but I am not sure I love that idea either. Any suggestions would be appreciated! I hate just trying to yell over the kids. I am in a third grade classroom. Serena Update: Since this post was originally published, many of the tips submitted by commenters were collected together into a presentation. Click here to access the presentation: http://www.edutopia.org/groups/classroom-management/737576

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Donna Bomar
High School EBD Teacher

I teach in an alternative school and we use the point system. It works really well in my EBD classes. If students don't lose more than 7 points in a day, they are allowed to have break at the end of the day. Otherwise, they have to sit in the level 1 room (without talking) until their bus or ride is called. Regardless of what plan you choose, consistency is the key.

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cary nadzak
TEACHER!

buy one of those disco ball lamps and when kids see the lights going around the room they have 1 minute to finish up and be ready for next activity

play a song - when it starts kids know to wrap up - by time it's done all eyes on you - also cool if it's the same song everytime

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Maria Viera-Williams
7-12, English, ESL teacher, Texas

Go to http://www.safeandcivilschools.com/ Randy S_rick, PhD. (letter "p" taken out of the author's last name to avoid objectionable language monitor that prevented the message to be sent)
Suggestions:
1) Built on the positive, proven approach to student behavior advocated in CHAMPS, Stepping In: A Substitute's Guide to Managing Classroom Behavior shows substitute teachers how to prevent most misbehavior from occurring and to more effectively handle those problems that do arise.
ISBN: 978-1-59909-032-0
Publication Date: 2009
Details: 84 pp. (14 pp. reproducible forms)

2) CHAMPS, a proactive and Positive Approach to Classroom Management
strategies and techniques that apply to younger students. K-8
Edition: Second,ISBN: 978-1-59909-030-6, Publication Date: 2009
Details: 520 pp. and 1 CD (502 pp. fillable reproducible forms and classroom icons

3) Discipline in the Secondary Classroom
specifically written for the high school classroom.
ISBN: 978-0-470-42226-7,Publication Date: 2006
Details: 286 pp. and 1 DVD (38 pp. fillable reproducible forms and three video clips)

Suggestion 4: Go to http://teachlikeachampion.wiley.com/ Doug Lemov
Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College
Doug Lemov
ISBN: 978-0-470-55047-2, Publication Date: April 2010, Jossey-Bass
Details: Paperback, 352 pages

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Mrs. Seals
1st Grade Teacher

Hi,
I use a technique that comes from Whole Brain Teaching. I say "class" in different ways and different voices and students respond saying yes in the same way I said class. Research states that students will be more likely to follow your direction because they have already said yes. I did not have any students that refused to say yes when I said class and they do not seem to get tired of it! Hope this helps,

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Mrs. Seals
1st Grade Teacher

Hi,
I use a technique that comes from Whole Brain Teaching. I say "class" in different ways and different voices and students respond saying yes in the same way I said class. Research states that students will be more likely to follow your direction because they have already said yes. I did not have any students that refused to say yes when I said class and they do not seem to get tired of it! Hope this helps,

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Mrs. Seals
1st Grade Teacher

Hi,
I use a technique that comes from Whole Brain Teaching. I say "class" in different ways and different voices and students respond saying yes in the same way I said class. Research states that students will be more likely to follow your direction because they have already said yes. I did not have any students that refused to say yes when I said class and they do not seem to get tired of it! Hope this helps,

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Dain Taylor
Mi nombre es Daniel Taylor-Hola-My name is Dain Taylor-hello

I have seen the counting to ten method using fingers silently. I have seen the repeating the repeating "sh" game utilized in some classrooms. I would try to assign a student a job of holding up a a sign, which says "level one", meaning for one to be quiet; however, this invovles a lot of prepping.
Level 1 zone-talking
Level 2 zone-whisper
Level 3 zone-normal talking voice
Level 4 zone-recess voice

Dain Taylor's picture
Dain Taylor
Mi nombre es Daniel Taylor-Hola-My name is Dain Taylor-hello

Snapping the fingers sounds like an excellent idea.

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Alicia
Elementary teacher

I like to use a wind chime. From the beginning of the year, I teach the kids that the chime means it's time to return to your seat and get quiet. It might work well with older students.

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