Thursday, May 9, 2013

Attention Grabbers

I'm linking up with Joy in the Journey and Compassionate Teacher for their Tricks on a Thursday  Linky.

Today's Topic: Attention Getters and Transitions

My very favorite attention getter is my magic wand.
Please ignore the sparse plans below :)
You can hit it against anything and it will make a chime. My kids freeze (or something similar to it : P ) and look at me for instructions.

I introduced it (read: trained) at the beginning of the school year. I have them walk around the room, talking to each other and I will hit it on something. They quickly learn to stop and look at me.

If you want to know more about them or where to get them, click here (I picked mine up a a local teacher store (now closed :( so I could test out the chimes ;).

I also use this trick...If you hear my voice, clap once. If you hear my voice, clap twice. If you hear my voice, clap three times.

Usually by the 3rd time, I have most of the kids looking at me. If not, I repeat it until I do. I say it in a very soft voice-forcing them to pay more attention to me!

What are some of your tricks?

Tuesday's Outfit

Sweater: Target
Shirt: Maurices
Skirt: JCP
Shoes: DSW

Wednesday's Outfit

Sweater: Maurices
Shirt: Old Navy
Skirt: Target
Shoes: DSW

Smiles and Sunshine,


  1. Wow Kaitlyn, you were quick to link up! Thanks for joining the party.

    I love the idea of using a chime. It seems more distinctive then a bell. I will have to think about getting one.

    Also, I use "if you hear my voice..." too. It's a good one!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Compassionate Teacher

  2. What excellent Tricks! I have got to get me one of those fancy wind chime things! My kids would go nuts for that :)

    I LOVE your blue shirt from Tuesday - that is my absolute favorite color.

    Thanks for linking up, Kaitlyn.
    Joy in the Journey

  3. Very cool! I've never seen a wand like that. :) I love your outfits. Fun!
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  4. I use a trick similar to your "If you hear my voice..." I had the wand too, but it was never loud enough. Chimes do work great.

    Third Grade Galore


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