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How do I get first graders to actualy listen?

Aug 2, 2013 12:06pm

I have a class of 20 first grades who are constantly busy doing other things when I need them to listen. What are some great techniques to grab their attention (besides pulling their hair out, or mine)?


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    • Aug 2, 2013 12:07pm


      • Aug 2, 2013 2:11pm

        There are lots of quick techniques that you can teach your kids. Here are a few I have seen:
        - clap a pattern with your hands/knees and have students join is until everyone is doing it and no one is talking.
        -raise a hand, a certain number of fingers, etc and have this be signal for all students to do the same and stop talking until everyone is doing it.
        - Teacher says "1, 2, 3" students say "eyes on me" (or 1,2 - Eyes on You)

        • Aug 2, 2013 2:21pm

          Thanks! This is really helpful

          • Aug 4, 2013 4:44pm

            Have you ever heard of power teaching? Check out this video on youtube OR another phenomenal resource a book called Daily 5 - - worth EVERY penny!! I teach first grade and use both - using the structure of Daily 5 is simply amazing . . . your kids practice, practice, practice what the behaviors you expect look like, feel like, and sound like, all while building stamina - you'll be amazed at what this structure does for your classroom management! I also use the chime (suggested above) it is also very effective - you can see it in action if you google Responsive Classroom . . . good luck!