LM Paris wrote: > > I have been starting class with everyone in their seats....no supplies. Same > thing I did with the Middle school last year. I stand ....and wait, quietly for > their attention. I originally explain that I will talk when they are quiet and > when I am done talking they have the rest of class to do their work and by me > waiting they are wasting their own studio time. I was teaching in block > scheduling last year and was worried what this "wait time" would do to a 46 min. > class period....but it keeps getting better! They actually seem to get more done > than if I dont talk in the beginning. > > 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 > talking. > > Again...not going to work for everyone, but it might for some.... > >I have to laugh, because I tried this today and my kids just kept on talking, and talking. I was almost tempted to just sit there to see how long this would go on, but I didn't. My kids can't even remember to bring pencils to class!!