We had a procedure in our middle school and in most of the
district. If a teacher raised an arm in the air, the first student
to see it raised theirs. Then one by one each student raised
their arm and became quiet. It worked very well and was used
in all classrooms. The students knew the signal well. When
visitors came to the school they were told to try it. I heard
several visitors say, "Wow, this is powerful, I like it." The signal
was developed to halt discussions in working groups of students
at various time through out the class secession.
Woody, Retired in Albuquerque
Ann Ayers wrote:
> One of the most effective ways to get a class to quiet down is to stand
> somewhere in the room and say "If you can hear me, clap once" (those
> within earshot will clap).
> Then say, "if you can hear me, clap twice." (more kids will clap along
> with the first clappers).
> Finally, say, "if you can hear me three times" By this time, ALL of
> the students will be clapping and will give you their attention!
> Works for me...!