Thursday, May 9, 2013

Tricks of the Trade - Attention Getters and Transitions

Today I'm joining Jessica from Joy in the Journey and
Becky from Compassionate Teacher
They are sharing ideas for getting your students' attention
and transitioning throughout the day.
They have some really great ideas to share.
Here are a few ideas that I use in my classroom.
If You Can Hear Me...
I use this one when my class is a little bit too loud.
I will say, "If you can hear me, put your hands on your head.
If you can hear me, put your hands on your hips.
If you can hear me..."
It's funny how quickly kids start to listen and join in on the directions.
Begin When I Say the Word...
This is a trick for transitions.
I give the directions to the class.
Then I tell them, "Begin when I say hippopotamus."
Of course, you can choose any silly word such as:
humongous, orangutan, antelope, etc.
Here is the trick - Don't say the word right away.
If my word is hippopotamus, I would first say:
hippo, happy, hipster, hypnotize.
Go and Touch....
Here is another transition tip.
Again, I start by giving my directions.
I then give my students three additional directions -
Go and touch three blue things,
two red things
and one white thing.
Of course, you can choose any colors or other directions. 
It just gives the kids a chance to move around the room
before they have to sit down and get started on a project.
I'm sure you have used some of these techniques.
What are some others that you use in the classroom?
Share them here or link up with Jessica and Becky.


  1. I use "if you can hear my voice..." with my Kindergarteners all the time. It's also a great attention getter for when you are with any large group of children. On the bus to our field trip I got 2 classrooms worth of children to be quiet and pay attention with it. I also got my class and a complete group of strangers attention on the field trip by saying 'if you can hear my voice...'

    My Kinder-Garden

  2. I use "If you can hear my voice" too. I love the "touch two blue things before you get to work." What a fun way to let them move.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  3. Wow, I LOVE your ideas for transitions. I never would have thought of the key words or touch idea. That is so cool! I am definitely going to try them both.

    Thanks for linking up and sharing your awesome ideas!

    Compassionate Teacher