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One of my favorite classroom teachers used a Groucho nose and glasses to
signal for silence. It was great because it was non verbal and the kids
were set up to respond to it like a game...the first kid to notice it put
his/her hand in the air and got a reward. Lots of competition to see how
fast everyone acknowledged the signal.
There are fun ways to "train" responses (Kevin I know you will hate this.
Remember they are little kids and anything to lighten up the day is meant
to be FUN) Classroom teachers have more time with the kids so they do a
better job at this. One teacher I work with taught the class to respond to
"icky" information by transforming that "oooooooh..." to
"oooooooh.......INTERESTING!" This made my day on several
occaisions....once when telling kids that the Greeks preferred their
sculpture NAKED (now imagine that class of second graders going
"OOOOOOOOOOH.....INTERESTING" in unison.) And again when we discussed dung
beetle habits (Egyptian scarabs).
Laughter makes it all so much easier.