Attention-Getting Signals: Mix It Up
Lesson Objective: Get students' attention with a variety of different signals
Grades K-2 / All Subjects / Management

Thought starters

  1. How does Ms. Abdul-Wajid use attention getting signals as a way to practice content?
  2. Why does Ms. Abdul-Wajid use different signals in different situations?
  3. When introducing these signals to your class, what steps would you take to make them routine?
50 Comments
Great ideas!! I always am looking for new ideas to use with my students and appreciate these fun ideas.
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This will be fun to incorporate, thanks!
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THis will definitely work for my kindergarten students! Thanks!
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Awesome ideas! I also use attention signals in my classroom that requires children to put their hands on their heads. In my class the main attention signal I use is i say "Hands on top" and students and I say "Everybody stop." At that time students stop talking, drop whatever their doing and put their hands on their heads. When I need their attention longer I say "Give me a clap, (students clap) hands in your lap (students put their hands in their lap). I also agree with you that it is important to mix up the attention signals because students get bored with the same ones. Mixing up the signals gets them excited.
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i see rational ways of managing students attention like use of signals for k-2 and use of symbols to mean something in grade 3
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Transcripts

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    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,

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    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.

    Give me a high five if you’re ready.

    [End of Audio]

School Details

Aspire Berkley Maynard Academy
6200 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland CA 94608
Population: 566

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Mary Abdul Wajid
English Language Arts Math / Kindergarten / Teacher

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