Today, the student who usually causes some of the biggest distractions in class
saw my dramatic waiting...if there is such a thing. He decided to draw
attention to himself, as usual...but this time it helped me because he yelled,
"Quiet everybody, Ms. Paris is trying to talk!!!!" Then he turned his attention
on me. He got the attention and laughs and I GOT TO TALK!
I truly do the "all pencils down and all eyes on me" if I have something
important to tell them in the middle of class. I think it works because I joke
with them so much they dont feel offended by this elementary school tactic.
Oh...one more thing that can save a ton of headaches is counting by
five's...every five seconds of yours they waste they have to make up at the END
of class...AFTER THE BELL! It works really well at clean up time. If they are
ALL cleaned up and in their seats I count the seconds starting before the bell.
And yes...the whole class waits. This gets them to tell each other to stop
Again...not going to work for everyone, but it might for some....
ricki fromkin wrote:
> Donald Peters wrote:
> > If you talk in a quiet voice, they
> > >will be quiet to hear you.
> > I don't know where or who you teach, but if you are working with
> > minority/poverty students, this approach WILL NOT WORK. Trust me.
> Speaking of ideas of getting your students to listen and pay
> attention...any suggestions on getting HS kids to be quiet. Flipping
> the light on and off helps, but was wondering what else some of you
> might be doing.