classroom attention signal

My math classroom is bustling with activity from day to day. My students work cooperatively in teams of four students. And this combination requires an attention signal that will bring my students back to me for announcements, helpful hints, etc.

I raise my hand and say, "Freeze, please. Stop. Look. And listen." This attention signal gives my students 5 seconds to freeze their conversations and listen closely for directions.

Some cues are visual; other attention getters are verbal. What do you use in your classroom?

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  1. Hi Lisa:
    Sometimes I use chimes, sometimes I count backwards, sometimes I put a timer on the Promethean Board, sometimes I flash the lights...
    I guess usually I say, "May I please have your attention in 5, 4..." It becomes a game to see how quickly they will become quiet...
    By June, they have almost learned what to do...
    : )

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

    1. Hi Kim,
      Ooh...I absolutely adore timers too! Thanks so much for sharing your stash of attention getters. Yep...just when they seemed trained for life it's time for a new group. ;-)