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Old 03-27-2013, 05:53 PM
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I do a few of the things listed here:

class, yes

count down from 3 to 1

simply say "I need your attention please" or "all eyeballs on me please".

The only suggestion I have is to NOT flicker the lights, if a student has sensory issues or is epileptic, flickering the lights can be a trigger and very stressful.
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:04 AM
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I like the counting down idea. I will definitely try that one!
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:39 AM
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Usually yelling, "Hey!..........Folks!" works for me.

There's another teacher in our building who uses a different "F" word, surrounded by "Shut," "the," and "up." I wouldn't have believed it, if I hadn't seen if for myself, but he gets away with it. I guess because he's been around so long, handles graduation practice each June with over 200 kids and yells that into a bullhorn to get them started, they're used to it.
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Old 03-13-2014, 11:54 PM
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I read one technique that works if your adminstration lets you is threaten to keep the class for a minute or more after the bell rings if you have to count to 10, three times in a row.

You stand up in front of the class and say "when I hold up my finger i want everyone quiet and looking at me. If I have to raise three fingers then the class will stay after the bell rings to give me the lost instructional time that I had to wait for you to be quiet."

it doesn't work will all classes because some of my students would rather stay in my class than leave, but we have strict tardy policies so it normally is effective.

The students who are paying attention will get their peers to be quiet because they don't want to be kept after the bell rings.

I normally only have to keep them once for them to quiet down when I raise my hand.
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Old 03-14-2014, 05:14 PM
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I use PAT (in other words known as earned free time). They earn 4 minutes / day, I have 4 lines on the board symbolizing the minutes. When things don't go well, I start erasing half a line or a line (30 seconds or 1 minutes). It's surprising how much they care and they tell each other to shut up. The worst thing I end up doing is actually erasing a minute. No yelling, no threatening.
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:31 PM
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It's worked pretty well so far. If people are still talking, I give them a count. (if they get to three it's out of the classroom until they can handle themselves)
Your Admin is ok that with you putting kids out because you can't get them to be quiet?
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:40 PM
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I notice a lot of people say they wait and won't talk until the kids are quiet but I feel like this only works if the kids are relatively respectful of the teacher. Some teachers might be waiting until it's time to retire.

I watch a teacher do this everyday when he is teaching in my room during my plan. He says "I'll wait until everyone is quiet." But, many of the kids just keep on talking because when he's quiet they feel that's the best time to talk since they aren't talking over him. I watch them argue with him that they aren't being disrespectful if they are talking while he's quiet because he's not teaching.
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Old 05-15-2014, 12:44 PM
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I notice a lot of people say they wait and won't talk until the kids are quiet but I feel like this only works if the kids are relatively respectful of the teacher. Some teachers might be waiting until it's time to retire.

I watch a teacher do this everyday when he is teaching in my room during my plan. He says "I'll wait until everyone is quiet." But, many of the kids just keep on talking because when he's quiet they feel that's the best time to talk since they aren't talking over him. I watch them argue with him that they aren't being disrespectful if they are talking while he's quiet because he's not teaching.

That's what I was thinking, it definitely depends on the class.
In most cases, if I do the "Attention up here" (or whatever similar phrase) and wait a few seconds, they'll get quiet in a short matter of time.

A few classes I've subbed for, however -- anywhere from a few kids, to half the class will continue talking indefinitely. In those situations, I'll usually wait 5-10 seconds and then ask once more, perhaps in a slightly different way. Standing still, looking patient and expecting of their attention. Proximity is important here, I generally go to the middle of the class and get close to students, make eye contact, directly address a few specific students or group, etc. This quiets a few more kids, but still, several kids will keep going. At this point, I use my judgment on when is a good time to start talking over the few kids who are never going to stop. Usually, my talking will get those last few kids to stop, and if not, I still said what I had to say and most the class heard it.

I'm sure this has a lot to do with the particular school and class, amongst other things. I am currently subbing in inner-city schools. Most students' motivations are already low, and I am simply a "new authority figure" to them. Easy to see why many resist listening. In your own classroom, and when the students respect you and you're doing a good job teaching (and the school isn't crazy I suppose), it seems to be a much simpler process... Just asking for their attention and then waiting a moment should do the trick. Also, make sure when you do get their attention, you give them something of value, or they will learn "why should I give my attention when they're just going to do or say something that doesn't matter"
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Old 06-02-2014, 06:31 PM
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How would this work for a secondary school environment
where kids don't pay attention because they are simply disinterested in academic learning

Would rewarding them with lollies or candy for maintaining
attention be a good incentive to maintain their attention on tasks?
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:43 PM
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I notice a lot of people say they wait and won't talk until the kids are quiet but I feel like this only works if the kids are relatively respectful of the teacher. Some teachers might be waiting until it's time to retire.

I watch a teacher do this everyday when he is teaching in my room during my plan. He says "I'll wait until everyone is quiet." But, many of the kids just keep on talking because when he's quiet they feel that's the best time to talk since they aren't talking over him. I watch them argue with him that they aren't being disrespectful if they are talking while he's quiet because he's not teaching.
I do this while watching the clock. Every 30 second interval that they make me wait is my time. They owe it back. I get it at the end of class. It works best for classes before lunch and dismissal. The other two classes will be late for their next class if they don't hustle. I tell them it's not my problem. Those are typically the classes that I have the least problems with anyway.
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