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I'm all about finding simple ways to get students' attention quickly and finding creative ways to give our students a reset if they're getting a little chatty. I’m sure you know those certain times of day where things tend to get a bit out of control. It might be when students come into the classroom after lunch or after recess. If you need a quick and easy way to help your students get settled again, this week’s hack works so beautifully.
Anytime you can find a sound that is unexpected, it usually works really well to get students’ attention. One of the ways you can do this is by using a simple yoga chime. You can find an example of one on my Amazon wish list for new teachers here.
You can teach your students that when you ring the chime, they are to put their heads down and take deep breaths while they focus on the sound of the chime fading away. You can even do it with them!
When the sound is gone and they're calm again, you might want to do it once or twice or even three times. Give them just a few moments to breathe, collect their thoughts, and to get themselves centered again. Then they can sit up again and resume classroom life.
Such an easy way to create a sense of calm and peace in your classroom!
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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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