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Students' Attention

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Student's Attention

Student's attention   This is the easiest rule to follow, and it also provides the teacher with a stress reducing technique. Getting students' attention can sometimes be difficult and can cause the teacher to become frustrated.

The solution, do what the students do. Raise your hand, but you add a twist. Count to three with your fingers only, no voice. Start counting slowly when you get eye contact with at least two students. Once you count to three, write a one on the chalk board and repeat the silent counting. This could repeat several times when training the students. It is important that you don't say a word, let the high school and middle school students do the work for you.

The one on the board represents the amount of time (one minute or thirty seconds) the entire class will stay after class is over. Right before the end of the period, tell your students to quietly stay ___ number of minutes. Before using this punishment, check with your principal to see they will support you during the training period.

What will happen is that one student will tell other students to be quiet. Then peer pressure will kick in and all students will want to be quiet because they want to socialize during break. It is also calming for the teacher. Instead of letting your blood boil, silently count to three.

We do not recommend yelling because it increases the noise level in the room and projects non-verbally that you are not in control. Do not flip the lights because some students with disabilities may have a medical response to it. Ringing a bell works for younger children but teenagers think it is too childish.

* Disclaimer: Before implementing any ideas from this website, please first consult your principal to make sure they are in compliance with state laws, district and school procedures.

Management Rule #8

  1. Student engagement strategies keep students on task.

  2. Use classroom procedures to create consistency.

  3. Always check for understanding.

  4. Create a safe classroom environment using respect.

  5. Use classroom consequences to correct wrong student behavior.

  6. Use the tone of your voice and body language to communicate information.

  7. Academically challenge every student.

  8. apple logoHow to easily get your students' attention.

  9. Use a classroom seating chart.

  10. Increase participation by using collaborative learning and group projects.

Student's attention

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