Need help getting student's attention

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  1. JenK26

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    Dec 14, 2010

    Hello, I was hired to be the lead teacher of a 4 year old class. The kids have been through a lot of changes lately but I am trying really hard to bring some order and structure in the room. There are 17 kids in the class and some days I have all 17 kids. I am having a hard time sometimes getting their attention when I need them to pay attention for circle or when I just need to give them directions. I have tried all my lil tricks...1,2,3 eyes on me...if you can hear me touch your nose or I do a clapping pattern and they repeat it. Does anyone have some advice for me? I am really struggling to gain their attention at times and sometimes I feel like I keep repeating myself. I would really appreciate some advice and help. Thanks!

    Jen
     
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    Dec 14, 2010

    I like the whole brain method of me saying "Class" and they all stop and say "Yes". Google whole brain teaching to see more.
     
  4. teacherR

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    Have you tried gushing with praise for anyone who does listen to your transitions? I noticed that for my 17 all it takes is me saying, "Oh look at the way Austin is listening. You are amazing!! Two snaps and a wow for you." Then all of the others will listen to because they want praise. Then I lavish all of them with praise. Slowly overtime they stop needing the praise and listen because it becomes habit.
     
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    Use a puppet, I guarantee you will get their attention. Also, try having the puppet give the directions.
     
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    If they have been through a lot of changes it may take them awhile to adjust. Treat it like it is September. Practice what you want them to do- if you can- role play with another adult etc.
     
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    I can get the attention of a lunchroom full of students with:

    "if you can hear my voice, clap twice. If you can hear my voice, clap twice. If you can hear my voice, show me tiger stance." I start out loud and get down to a whisper. Whenever we need to get everyone'e attention, I am the one who does it.


    The other thing that works for me is clapping a pattern and having the kids finish it. I might clap my hands, my thighs, or my elbows in the pattern. That works well for me.
     
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    I worked in an inner city after school program. Many times the other teachers would run to their classes to prep or take breaks leaving me with a gym of 250 kids from 4-12. They were separated in the bleacher according to gender and age but it was still difficult when I had to give messages. I let out a loud "YO!" and stood there with my hand up. Gradually they got their hands up and their mouths shut. I had never told them to raise their hands but they got the idea and it is hard to have a conversation with someone when your arm is in the air. I would not speak over them and I would state we can sit until your ready I have all day. Peer pressure worked because they wanted to get to the next activity and sitting waiting on me to talk was not what they wanted to do. I did not raise my voice after the first "YO!" so they had to be quiet to hear me.
     
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