Why did the teacher write on the window?
Because the lesson needed to be clear!
Did I get your attention? Ha! Maybe my jokes aren’t the funniest, but my attention getters are on point! And that is what I want to share with you today- attention getters. They are also called call and responses and they are such a fun classroom management tool!
What Are Attention Getters?
An attention getter is a simple call and response tactic that you teach your students to redirect their attention quickly. They can be as simple as you saying, “class, class” with them responding “yes, yes” in the same rhythm, or you can incorporate a popular song your students are loving. For example, you could start to sing, “I want to take my horse” and the kids would respond “down to old town road”.
Boom, you’ve got their attention.
Why to Use Them
There are so many reasons why using call and responses to get students’ attention is a great idea. For one, it saves your voice because you’ll never have to raise it! Second, they are an awesome classroom management tool when your students get a bit too loud, chatty, or you have an important message to give them. Last, but not least, they are rooted in fun and connection with your students and that’s the most important classroom management hack you’ll ever learn.
It’s best to teach and use multiple attention getters so you can keep your students engaged and focused. They must pay close attention and remember what their response should be.
Do you want to be less stressed when the volume is too loud in the classroom because you know you can simply say a phrase to get everyone’s eyes and ears on you? You can use attention getters.
Do you want a super quick, easy, and fun way to cut the chaos out of your classroom? Use attention getters.
Do you want to impress anyone that walks into your room at your skills of getting every kid engaged and on task? Use attention getters!!
Do you need an extra, VERY effective tool in your classroom management toolbox that will cost you nothing? You need attention getters.
I think the benefits speak for themselves. So what are we waiting for? Check out some super fun, and really easy, attention getters you can use NOW!
10 Fun and Easy Attention Getters to Use
1 – The first one incorporates a favorite food and instant frozen children!
Teacher says: Mac and Cheese
Students say: Everybody Freeze!
2 – You might want to go old school and let students experience Vanilla Ice before introducing this fun one!
Teacher says: Stop! (Hand out for the full effect)
Students say: Collaborate and listen!
3 – This one is sweet, simple, and straight to the point!
Teacher asks: All set?
Students say: You bet!
4 – This is sure to be a hit with how much children LOVE singing this song!
Teacher says: Baby shark!
Students say: Do, do, do, do!
5 – Here’s one that incorporates a favorite cat character from our read-alouds!
Teacher asks: Did Pete cry?
Students say: Goodness no!
6 – Did somebody say lunch?
Teacher says: Peanut Butter
Students say: Jelly Time!
7 – A cute one about a very unfortunate event.
Teacher says: Flat Tire
Students say: shhhhh! *noise of air deflating from tire*
8 – This one is great for October because it’ll make you think of a classic favorite Halloween movie!
Teacher says: Hocus pocus!
Students say: Everybody focus!
9 – Here’s one for all your winter woes.
Teacher says: Holy Moly
Students say: Reindeers only!!
10 – There’s love in the air with this one!
Teacher sings: Sugar pie honey bunch
Students sing: You know I love you!!
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Theme it Up
While any of these attention getters would work throughout the year when you’re using them interchangeably, it’s good to switch them up to keep up the magic.
I’ve taken the work out of it for you and created THEMED attention getters that will last you the entire year. How cool would it be to know you’re gonna learn new ones every season? Kids LOVE it and they might even start coming up with their own for the next theme! Introducing new and relevant attention getters are sure to KEEP their attention and keep students on their toes.
Check out my GROWING bundle of Call and Response Attention Getters. Wanna know the best part? It’s editable so you can begin adding ones you and your students come up with together and save them for years to come! And since it’s a growing bundle, any new themes I add later will be yours for FREE! Just redownload and enjoy.
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