Attention Getter: Say the Secret Word
Lesson Objective: Use a "secret word" to get students' attention
All Grades / All Subjects / Management

Thought starters

  1. How does having students select the secret words encourage positive class culture?
  2. How can this simple, positive approach take the stress out of classroom management?
  3. In what other ways can you easily involve students in establishing class routines and rules?
38 Comments
It is a great idea that can also apply in the family~
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Seems like a really good idea. The student know at that point what is expected of them. Everyone will stop at that point and pay attention.
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This is a good tip for calling the group back to attention.
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Great, must try ?
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Making students a part of the decision making gives them ownership, therefore they a more likely to buy in.
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Transcripts

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    In the beginning of the year, I have the students suggest words that they love or like. Whatever strands

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    In the beginning of the year, I have the students suggest words that they love or like. Whatever strands 0:16, wherever it’s coming from, not a problem. We vote, and we narrow it down to three. Then, from the three top contenders, then the kids vote on their favorite word out of the three. That word then becomes our secret word.

    Power! Okay. Just for clarification, guys, you guys need to follow the instructions.

    Whenever they hear that word come out of my mouth, it means that everything stops, eyes come back on me, and we continue whatever needs to continue. It’s a better situation than having the teacher stand in front of the classroom asking, “Be quiet! One, two, three!”

    Power! Very good. I was hearing a lot of good conversations, and I—

    It’s a different way, and it seems less negative. In their eyes, it’s more of a positive response, and they chose it, so it’s their word.

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Amistad Dual Language School
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New York NY 10034
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