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Attention Getters

Use these sayings and tips to get students' attention at the beginning of class, when ending a task, starting a new activity, or lining up.

What to do when a student isn't paying attention.

Strategies for Dealing with Sleepy Students via @TeachHUB.com

No Interrupting Song - music for classroom management

When someone is doing something they shouldn't be, instead of calling them out, ring the bell and draw attention to someone who WAS on task. (She gives a tally.) Makes everyone aware they are being watched without hurting feelings. littlestlearners....

A bunch of fun timers for the classroom.

More attention getters from pocketfullofkinde...

  • Lindsey ☮

    I personally like, "Teacher: Lollipop, lollipop... Students: Oh, lolli lolli lolli, lollipop!" It'd be cute with little ones (as long as they don't stick their fingers in their mouths and make the popping sound).

Adorable for the classroom door! Cute sayings for getting kids ready to line-up.

Recite this cute poem each morning to get your students ready for learning.

Classroom redirection without interrupting the class. Copy about 10 of these on a piece of paper, laminate, cut out, carry some in your pocket as you walk around the classroom. If a student if off task or disturbing, lay one on the desk. Later the student should return it to you with an explanation and promise. Great idea for centers.

Use this "quiet spray" in your classroom to signal kids to get quiet.

  • Bay Eatinger

    I find it funny that they want to baby us, while still expecting us to be adults and act like them. "Adults" would not stand for half the things we put up with on a daily basis. I just wish that teachers understood that most kids care and want to learn, not be treated as if they were juvenile delinquents. The kids that do behave like that are not going to be affected by a quiet spray or something dumb like that. The teachers that get the best reaction are the ones who display intuition and respect for students, and also carry themselves in a professional manner. Which by the way, does not include spraying students in the classroom, gain control of them in a way that shows you have gone through schooling to become a teacher not a way that suggests you are simply a pet sitter.

  • Tiffany Koper-Christian

    I am not in agreement with using a spray on any human and am so surprised that this archaic idea is still in existence. This kind of thing should not be used on children of any age. It is disrespectful and go es against any principles of behavior management that a teacher would use today. I agree with Bay it comes down to respect. If your using a spray, your a tired teacher who has run out of ideas and is not using the background knowledge it takes to manage behaviors. I am a 41 year old teacher and I can say that Bay has the right idea. If you really put some thought into your actions you would discover that using a spray is really for the teacher's convenience and not the good of students. Rather than taking that moment when the kids are crazy and turning it into a teachable moment you are teaching them to respond automatically without thinking. That is just not what you want from your students. Bottom line you want them to learn. Using a spray is not going to do that.

  • Joseph Borges

    Oh, come on now, let's not take life too seriously. I never said it was a good idea to use this as your whole classroom management strategy, and you don't want to just walk around indiscriminately spraying people. That said, I have one or two students with ADHD like symptoms, students who have very little self awareness of their behavior and the disruptions they cause. I have successfully used quiet spray as a sort of joke with these students. Have you ever had a cat? You don't have to actually spray it, just pick it up as a visual/audio cue. The use of a visual/audio cue with these types of students can be very useful, and they are in on the joke of it. I've never actually sprayed a student except twice when they dared me to, and that was all still in a light playful way.

  • Tiffany Koper-Christian

    It's really the principle if the thing playful or not.

  • Sami McKinzie

    Kids/Teenagers aren't cats. I really can't believe that a teacher could do this without the risk of a lawsuit today. I know if a teacher ever sprayed me with anything I would have reported it to the principal, no matter the intent. On top of that it's demeaning, playful or not and to categorically say that using it on ADHD kids is successful is ridiculous. Their brains do not produce certain chemicals or overproduce others and without therapy/medication, much of their lack of awareness is not their fault. Try giving them a tootsie roll, allowing them to chew gum, or stand at their desk to work instead of spraying them like an animal.

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This 4S poster reminds students to be silent, still, smiling, and in a straight line when they line up to leave the classroom.

Back to School and Whole Body Listening Poster

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