I flip the lights on and off a couple times. That means "freeze"
and immediate attention, please!
>I used to use a bicycle horn to get my kids attention. I had a
>friend who used a duck call. Another taught her kids a secret word,
>and whenever she said the word "states" they froze. I used the
>secret word "biomorphic" at one school and "dodecagon" at another
>school after I watched her kids in action.
>Whatever you use, you will have to teach the students how to react to
>it. Make a sign for your cart that says "Ms. Watkins Horn = Silence."
>Inform them of consequences of not being silent when your horn honks.
>Practice. Have them pretend to talk "walla-walla-walla-walla" and
>tnen honk the horn and see if they get silent. Try it several times
>the first class. Remind them the next class. Be willing to help
>students accept the consequences if they can't be quiet.
>At the end of the year last year I let my students honk my horn (they
>were not allowed to touch it during the year) on the last day of
>school. I think they liked it.
>Hope this helps. You're bound to get some good stuff of this list.
>Assistant Professor, Art Education
>University of Central Arkansas
>Department of Art
>Conway, AR 72035