I agree! Annoying the class is going to get you nowhere, fast! They'll
respond much better to "rules" (if you want to call them that) if they have
a hand in developing them WITH you.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Patricia Knott" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2005 3:44 PM
Subject: [teacherartexchange] getting attention
> 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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