Interviewer: I have many, many, many attention getting signals. A lot of the times I’ll do a da-da-da-da-da-na-na, and then they freeze and put their hands on top of their head. I made that sound. They freeze, and they know the next thing they’re supposed to do is put materials away.
Another attention getter, when we need it to be quiet or we need to get our self control back, we’ll sing a little song to remind us where our hands go.
Open, shut them, open, shut them, give a little clap, clap, clap. Open, shut them, open, shut them, put them in your lappity-lap-lap, because we’re also practicing rhyming, so the more you can get the better.
I also ring bells sometimes to get their attention. Again, everything goes on their head. They freeze, and they know the next step is to put their materials away.
We are sitting up straight, hands in our lap.
If you use the same signal all the time, they get kind of bored with it. So I think just to spice it up and keep it going, I like to change it. They seem to have fun with it too.