My best investment ever was a small amp with a wireless mic. I don't
have to strain my voice, and the kids pay attention when they hear me.
I found it online for under 200.00. Yes--I did say investment, but
worth every penny.
On Jul 5, 2005, at 4:44 PM, Patricia Knott wrote:
> Darren writes:
> "Instead of jumping jacks and climbing on the counter
> to get their attention, I would recommend using a
> whistle like the coaches use. ..
> I've found that students hate it when I blow it
> because of the pitch and reverberation in the room, so
> after blowing it once I usually just have to raise it
> to my lips and the students will help get everyone
> quiet so they don't have to hear it. "
> Why do we resort to torture to get attention? Why do we use
> anything the students hate or Pavlovian dog kind of response?
> Is it not more productive and efficient to establish a routine and
> procedure that calls for student acceptance and responsibility for
> expected behavior?
> Establish a common agreement between yourself and the students as
> to how order will be established before you blow them out or off or
> whatever it is you do with the whistle. If I heard your whistle
> I'd act out instead of comply. Responding to discipline is just as
> connected to learning styles as learning is. If some of the dogs
> don't "heel"" then maybe you need to consider some alternatives.
> Yes, a whistle is used on the game playing field to indicate a
> foul or time out. It's an expected anticipation and part of the
> game. But in the classroom -- well I find it offensive.
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