How do you get the attention of 20+ little 5 year olds who are busy at work?? Our Principal uses a raised hand for the building wide quiet signal. The entire building knows that when they see a teacher or administrator raise his/her hand, they need to raise their hand as well and get quite. This can be a little difficult for 5 year olds with their attention going in every which direction. So, I decided not only to give them the visual clue (my hand raised), but an auditory and kinesthetic clue as well. It takes us a few days to really figure it out, and lots of praise, but when we do......it's great!!
I clap 5 times, say S...T...clap twice....say O...P and we all end quiet with our hands in the air!! YEAH!!!!!
Visit my blog post for a video recording of our classroom quiet signal.
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