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As teachers, we are always looking for ideas and strategies that work when it comes to getting our students’ attention quickly and easily when we need it. So I love this idea that I'm calling the “Make 10 Attention-Getter” because you can use it at pretty much any grade level. You can also adapt it for kindergarten and first grade if it's a little challenging for them.
How it works is you just say “make 10!” and then you hold up a random number of fingers.
When your students hear you say this and they look up at your hand, they need to stop what they're doing and show the number of fingers they need to make a 10.
What I love about this strategy is that it not only requires students to stop what they're doing and actually look at you because they need to see how many fingers you're holding up, but they can't keep doing what they're doing or talking to their friends when they're trying to figure out math on their fingers.
It's a quick and immediate task that you're asking them to do, and it re-focuses their attention very quickly on you.
Now if you're teaching in kindergarten and first grade, you might want to do “make 5” instead of “make 10” to make it more doable for your students. We love using a variety of attention getters inside our classrooms, so this is a great one to add to your repertoire and your attention-getting bag of tricks!
Also, I know teachers and I know how much we love our dollar stores. So, I’ve started something super fun inside my Beginning Teacher Talk TPT store that I think you’re going to love called Dr Lori’s Dollar Store.
I've realized, as I've started recording these hacks for you each week, that I can make it even easier for you to implement many of these ideas if you have access to simple, downloadable templates for many of the hacks. So when you check out my Dr. Lori's Dollar Store, you're going to see that I'm creating very simple templates for you to grab and go with for only a dollar each. Then you can implement these hacks quickly and easily inside your classroom (as soon as tomorrow!).
I would love to know what you think about these classroom management hack mini episodes. It would mean so much to me if you would take a screenshot of this episode and tag me on Instagram @beginningteachertalk because I’d love to know – have you tried this hack in your classroom? How did it work for you?
Finally, if you need help with streamlining your classroom management right away, you also might want to check out my Chaos to Confidence Classroom Management System because classroom management isn’t just about tips and tricks or the latest trend. Instead, it’s about learning from someone who’s been where you are and figured it out.
I tested all my methods on MYSELF in my own classroom first over 10 years – because I’m not about to recommend ANYTHING that I haven’t personally seen work with kids firsthand. It's never too late to make the changes you need to in order to get your classroom running the way that you want it to, and I'll show you how inside Chaos to Confidence and give you the resources you’ll need to make it happen.
I hope this information is helpful as you prepare for your first, second, or third year of teaching. Until next time, remember, just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one.
Dr. Lori Friesen | Beginning Teacher Mentor
Creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, Dr. Lori Friesen has mentored thousands of beginning teachers across the country through her workshops and courses. Host of the popular podcast, Beginning Teacher Talk, and creator of the innovative literacy program for 1st and 2nd grade, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at drlorifriesen.com and at howdogshelpkids.com.
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