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!