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Old 07-25-2014, 07:25 PM
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Unintentionally, I stumbled on a phrase this year that worked very well with my high school students (I also had large classes of Freshman). I would simply say, "Focus Forward" and then put my eyes on the clock. If students were not all looking forward and quiet within 30 seconds, I would begin to write the time on the board in 10 second increments. Just the idea that I was writing time on the board would grab everyone's attention! Only one time did I get past 60 seconds. Students would ask me what the time meant but I never told….just would say, "You really, really, REALLY don't want to know!"

Some teachers do use the 'watching the clock' method and hold the students extra time (this depends on your school's policies), or give more homework (doesn't work for students who will not complete HW anyway), or give a quiz if they reach a certain amount of seconds.

For me, I don't want schoolwork or homework associated with punishment. I did have a contest during a very challenging week (right before Spring Break) in that I kept running totals by class periods on my whiteboard. The class with the least amount of 'seconds' earned a reward day. That worked very well - so well, that I will use it again this year!
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:42 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.
I have done something similar but instead of using lines, I used marbles in a jar. Each class period is a different color marble but all marbles are in the same clear jar (fishbowl). I pull out a marble when the class doesn't follow a procedure and usually say, "You're losing your marbles!" The students see immediately the loss and where they stand with the other classes. The class with the most marbles at the end of the week earns a 15 minute reward (one high school class begged to play Heads Up-7Up!) But, I have to be careful that the bowl of marbles is far from students and put away if I'm absent. Yes, students love to steal marbles
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