We are a PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) school, so teachers have to word phrases positively for students. Getting the children to listen can often be difficult without yelling, "Are you listening?". These "attention grabbers" help tremendously with classroom management and getting the attention of all students in the classroom.
There are several "Attention Grabbers" that I use regularly in my classroom. Some of them are traditional phrases and others are phrases that I have came up with throughout the years and have found to be successful in my classroom.
Here are a few that I use in my kindergarten classroom.
Teacher: "1, 2, 3, eyes on me." Students: "1, 2, eyes on you."
Teacher: "Name at the top." Students: "Then stop!"
Teacher: "Where do we aim?" Students: "At the Target."
Here are some more...
I use this phrase when I want students to look at the Promethean board, an anchor chart, or myself. When I say, "Hocus Pocus" the children say, "Everybody Focus" and put their hands "rounded" around their eyes. Sometimes I even grab a wand and pretend I am circling over their hands. They love it and I get them to focus on a particular skill, chart, or teaching point for a moment.
Another one I use regularly is "Hot, Hot, Hot!" When I say, "Hot, Hot, Hot!" my students respond, "I'm on my spot." I use this when we sit on the carpet area. I also say, "Give a kiss. Give a hug. Everybody have a seat on the rug." I recently added this one to the Attention Grabber Packet posted on TpT. Here is the "Hot, Hot, Hot!" attention grabber poster that I use in my classroom.
There are so many that I use daily in my classroom. The posters are excellent visuals for elementary students to refer to. I keep my set on a large ring. If you are interested in purchasing the entire packet, please head on over to my TpT store. Click the image below to link directly to the product.
I use all of these in my kindergarten classroom. Using attention grabbers helps reduce disruptions and eases transitions in the classroom. I have found these to be very successful in having control of the classroom and behavior management. Just a simple short phrase gets my students to focus in and allows me to get my teaching point across.
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