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.
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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!”
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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.