All Set? You Bet!
Need to get students attention? Train students from day one to recognize that every time you say All set?, you are looking for their attention. Its their job to respond in unison quickly to your question with the rhyming phrase You bet!
Face the Music
Be Quiet and Listen to the Music
Teachers have many different techniques for quieting students or getting their attention. Some clap, others hold up fingers to form a peace sign and wait for the signal to catch on, and others turn off the lights. Another possibility: Bring in a wind chime -- the kind found in gardens or on home porches. When you want students attention, ring the chime. A chime is not as intrusive as turning off the lights, and doesnt take as long to quiet students as waiting for a hand signal to travel. Also, the sound of the chime can have a calming effect.
Article by Linda Starr
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