Help me find new and fun ways of getting my students' attention
April 21, 2012 11:13 AM Subscribe
Calling all teachers, camp counselors, parents, educators, and others with related experiences: share your best call-and-response attention-getters! Most of mine have grown stale and I want to mix it up.
I'm a brand new teacher (of 2nd graders, aka 7 and 8 year olds), and as such I am collecting ways of corralling my kids quickly when I need their attention as a whole class. I use traditional ones, such as having them repeat clapping patterns, various musical stings and rimshots, types of "if you can hear my voice do [x]," and so forth. I have also made up a few of my own, including a fun one where I say "if you can hear my voice, signal traveling violation, yerrrrr out!, first down!" (and other referee calls with accompanying hand signals).
But, I find these grow stale pretty quickly and the kids learn to repeat their part without really stopping. Or, they work, but they bore me and feel rote. I'd like to keep things fresh with a steady supply of new ones. Do y'all have anything new I can use? Especially weird, creative, and/or silly ones welcome.