What are your most successful cues?

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  1. Upsadaisy

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    My sister, who has taught high school art for 20 years, has been switched to elementary for next year. This will be a good change for her. She asked me for help compiling a list of cues, both verbal and actions, for grades 1 through 5.

    What works for you to help students enter/leave the room, start/finish working, turn in assignments, focus attention, walk in hallways, etc.? Thank you very much for your input!

    I'll start with:

    1-2-3 all eyes on me
     
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    If you can hear my voice, clap once. If you can hear my voice, clap twice. Repeat until quiet.

    Clapping out a pattern and then the kids reply with the same pattern.
     
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    Will she be teaching art? The art teacher at my school keeps slips of paper, crayons, pencils, etc. on the tables. The kids know when they enter the room, they are to go to their seat and begin drawing something. It can be anything they want, as long as they are drawing. This gives her time to check with the classroom teacher to see if there is any situation she needs to be aware of and finish setting up if necessary. She only has 5 minutes between classes, so sometimes she is getting a last minute material out, etc. Our art teacher is WONDERFUL!
     
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    So far the best way I can get first graders to wrap their heads around the concept of walking in "single file" is to tell the kids to pretend they are on a bridge that is only wide enough for one kid.
     
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    This is great.
     
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    I have students walk in a single line by telling them to follow their square. There are tiles in most of the hallways so they know how to stand and follow the squares.

    I count down quite frequently. I count down from 10 if I want them to line up. I count down from 3 if I want to get their attention.
     
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    One year I explained to the students the reason for walking single file and quiet in a line on the right side of the hallway. Wow, did that make for a great year. It helped that I was pregnant at the time.
     
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    Q and A Return

    I was at a workshop and the two cues used by the presenters were:

    Think.....Turn and Learn (I like this better than pair share): This was used to have the kids talk about the concept presented.

    Q and A Return.....(teacher says: 5 + 5)......(students respond: 10) and return to their listening position.

    I used it all last year and it was great.
     
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    You do need to have a signal to let the students know when you want them to share aloud together and when you want them to think for a moment.
     
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    I say "copy my hand." Then I display random numbers of fingers.

    I usually do this after another quiet signal. It requires them to look as well as listen.

    I also do it with both hands sometimes - they find that difficult, but often enjoy the challenge.
     
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    I like call and response:
    me: "yo, yo yo!"
    kids : "What's up?"

    me: 1-2-3 eyes on me
    kids 1-2-eyes on you

    me: Class?
    kids yes?
     
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    I use:

    Teacher: "Ears and eyes!"
    Students: "Eyes and ears!" (students should be quiet as well as looking at the teacher)


    I also use during discussions or read aloud when I want to get their attention:
    Teacher: "Hocus, pocus!"
    Students: "Everybody focus!" (index finger & thumb circling their eyes like they have on glasses, while looking at the teacher)

    I have used in the past:

    Teacher: "One fish, two fish!"
    Students: "Red fish, blue fish!"
     
  14. VANewbie

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    These are all good. I wish there was a way where I could put a chant on something made with vista print.
    Something cute and big that the students can see on the board.
     
  15. mopar

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    You could, you could make a banner.
     
  16. VANewbie

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    I do not know how big the banners are exactly. Wouldn't that be a bit big?
     
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    Probably not a small banner....
     
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    A small banner would be a bit big. If your board is magnetic, use a car door magnet.
     
  19. old_School

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    I like the Ears and Eyes cue. Very simple and direct to the point. Good suggestion!!!
     
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    I use "if you can hear my voice, clap once"

    Right now, I'm a lowly sub, but I've always said that once I get my own classroom, part of our "basic training" in the first few days is going to be heading outside to the blacktop or the field (wherever there are lines marked on the ground) to practice walking in line. We will repeat the exercise whenever problems arise. Trying to walk down the hallway when kids are all over the place drives me nuts.
     
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    Teacher: "Voices"
    Students: (collectively) "shhhhh"
     
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    My chime is my best friend!!!!
     
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    Thanks, guys. These are really good. Yes, she will be teaching art. Any more?
     
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    Teacher: "Scooby Dooby Doo"
    Kids: "We've got work to do!"
     
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    Give me five.
    1- eyes
    2- ears
    3- mouth
    4- body
    5- brain
     
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    I also sing...
    "The lights are out, eyes are on Mrs. _______. Hands are still and feet have stopped!"
     
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    I have a bell on my desk that I use sometimes.

    But since I am rarely at my desk, I usually just say, "Look up."
     
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    My cues may seem boring. If my hand goes up, your hand goes up, your eyes are on me, mouth closed. I don't say those words but thats how I teach it the first day. If we practice it a lot at the beginning it sticks the rest of the year. Very beneficial when we are in the hall waiting at the bathrooms or about to leave the room.
    In the classroom I use the whole brain teaching thing. I say "Class!" Students say "Class!". I say "Hands and Eyes" Students say "Hands and Eyes." Hands go in their lap, eyes are on me and I am ready to teach. I use this in the classroom especially if it gets a little loud. If its not too loud I use the hand raising procedure I explained earlier.
     
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    Our school is big on clapping patterns....so in my classroom I use this...

    I clap four times while saying "Stop, look and listen"

    Students respond by clapping twice while saying "O-K"

    When we are leaving our classroom, I say "Tally-ho" and they say "let's-go" after the "let's-go" there are no voices....not theirs or mine in the hallway. I'm not sure why this works so well, but it does, I have used it in 1st and 4th and it works at both ages. I guess it helps that this is introduced and taught as a procedure in my classroom.
     
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    Sometimes when I count down, I add movements. The kids want to hurry up with what they are doing in order to come to the carpet and join the movements. Learning to count both forward and backwards is a curriculum standard. Sometimes we do this in the hall too if we are waiting for a special's class, etc. They love it.
     
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    I work in a deaf classroom so I have to teach the freeze and look cue when I flicker the light once.
     
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    I love this! I work at a school where the students travel everywhere in a line. I always struggle with how to get them to do this. I will definately use this idea.
     
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    Great thread! I got many ideas for my new 3rd grade classroom.
     
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    We MUST share a brain, Mopar! I do the exact same things!!! :hugs:
     
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    Our hallways have silver lines. The halls are actually 3 tile squares wide (I think 3 ft. tiles). anyway, the grouting or whatever it's called between the tiles is silver. So we walk down the silver line. We tell the kids to walk on the silver line. We all do it.
     
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    My TA taught my kids to put their hands on their heads when they hear the intercom. Mouths are also closed. That way we can hear any announcement.
     
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    I also use the clapping a rhythm and they know to copy what I clapped out. I ring a bell and they freeze on cue with their hands on their shoulders.
     
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    I teach my kids this "chant" at the beginning of the school year. It works wonders because up until at least November, they still need the reminder. Not sure where I got the chant from but here it is:

    (While the kids are lined up at the door before exiting)

    Lining up is easy to do,
    (students repeat)
    When you take care of only you!
    (students repeat)
    Feet together, hands at your side,
    (students repeat)
    We've got spirit, we've got pride!
    (students repeat)
    Sound off!
    (students say "One, two"!)
    Hit it again,
    (students say, "Three, four!")
    One more time!
    (students say, "One, two, three, four,OUT THE DOOR!")

    Then they are ready to exit the room. I tell them by the time we get to "OUT THE DOOR!", they should be silent and ready in two lines!
     
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    Another good idea that goes along with lining up procedures....this is the best idea anyone has every "loaned me". :) I give every student in my class a line order. This means at the beginning of the year, they are assigned a place in line. The line leader in both lines are always the line leader and the last person in line is always the same. I do not do "boys line", "girls line". I mix the lines up! This is great because I can assign students places in line that I know will help them stay quiet while we are in the hallway and focus on the person in front of them. I always make the first person in each line a responsible student who I know will be good leaders. And the last in both lines the same so they can be responsible for keeping the end of the line in order.
    Let me say...assigning line order has worked wonders for me because I always had problems with kids crying about who's "skipping them in line". Boy, let me tell you....that has stopped for sure!
     
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    One of the teachers does alphabetical order... I may have to do that next year!
     
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    I do this all the time.

    I also hold out my arms in a straight horizontal line, like I'm an airplane. One palm faces up, one palm faces down. I tell students that they have to clap when my hands are directly above and below each other, like when they line up. Then I move my hands in front of me. Sometimes I go fast, sometimes slow, and sometimes I stop right before my hands match up, just to trick them. I usually do it a few different times and at a few different speeds every time I do it.

    The first few times we do this, I tell them what to do. After that point, the visual of seeing me with my arms out gets them instantly quiet and poised to clap.
     
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