Even experienced teachers can benefit from some new strategies to grab the attention of students. Here are a few ideas gathered from Edutopia’s teaching community.
- Set goals for group work and ask students to share progress at intervals.
- Use lights and music to signal one minute until the activity ends. Kids know to finish up and be ready for the next activity. By the time it’s done, all eyes on you.
- Use weird sounds for your timers to get students’ attention … ducks quacking, coyote howling, etc.
- You introduce the rhythm; students clap it back to you in response.
- “Outsource” responsibility to the kids and assign timekeeping duties to a student.
- Keep things consistent by asking the previous teacher (year/classroom) what signals were effective.