1. When I was student-teaching, the first-grade class had a pirate theme. When we needed their attention, we would say “Crew?” and they would respond “Aye, aye, captain!” —swimmer714
10. Variety is the key. You don’t want them to start tuning you out. I sing “Tootsie roll, lollipop” and they respond “we’ve been talking, now we stop” and freeze. I do a few different call-and-response chants but that’s the most popular. —Angelica G.
11. I use a small music box. I wind the music box at the beginning of each day. When my students get noisy or off-task, the music goes on. If the box runs out before the end of the day, a treat is taken away. We have NEVER run out of music. —Sherry P.
24. We play “The Price Is Right” song when students pass in papers. In September, my students groan and call me cheesy. By the end, they’ll start singing it on their own if I don’t play it. The process is quicker and I don’t lose their attention! —amburger28
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