Thursday, September 1, 2011

Classroom Quiet Signal

Back-to-school means back-to-routines.  As per usual, I will be using the "clap three times" signal to get my middle school science classes quiet and attentive:

I clap three times slowly. They stop talking and clap three times back and listen.  They are like robots.  (If needed, I repeat.)

....I know what you're thinking.  Isn't that a little elementary school of you? 

NOPE! It's just plain awesome.  It just works for the science setting! My favorite things about the three-clap?  I am constantly using hands-on activities and labs and the three-clap signal means the students need to immediately take their hands off their materials to clap and then silently listen for directions.  So in the end, its more like a quiet and hands-off-materials signal.  Perfection.

Whats yours? I guess I never stopped to think...do many middle school teachers even have one? Head on over here for more ideas on classroom-quiet-signals and to link-up to share your own!

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