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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.

From the National Assn of School Psychologists, teacher info on how to help ADHD students in the classroom.

a fun way to get your kids to stop chatting.... check out the link for a cute video and little tricks on how to use it for classroom management!

A Turn to Learn: Fun Way to Get Your Kids to Stop Chatting!

GoNoodle classroom brain breaks -- get kids moving, breathing, and more focused with these fun brain breaks throughout the day.

Brain breaks kids love - GoNoodle

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

Pay attention, please...

Strategies for Dealing with Sleepy Students via

Strategies for Dealing with Sleepy Students

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.

Classroom Timers - Fun Timers

More attention getters from pocketfullofkinde...

Pocket Full of Kinders!: Attention Grabbers Freebie
  • 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).

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

Pocket Full of Kinders!: More Freebies: Center Games

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.

The Lemonade Stand: "Is your class always this loud?"
  • 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.

  • Miriam S.

    I do not think they are suggesting spraying the students! I would never!

  • Joseph Borges

    Haters gonna hate. I never sprayed the student that I used this as a non-verbal cue with. Also, I 100% disagree with rewarding negative behavior with candy.

  • Juelis H

    I like the Idea...It's great. And I might spray the kids, because they'll think it's fun and sometimes it's a GOOD idea to bring some light heartedness into the learning experience. Going to get my bottle this afternoon and might even add some lavender oil so when I spray it the class smells relaxing. First day of school is tomorrow, thanks for the idea.

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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.

Adventures of an Art Teacher: New Classroom

Attention grabbers for elementary classrooms

I Love 2 Teach: Back to School Success Kit