Student Contributor: C Parkhurst
A fun and efficient way of gathering your class’ attention without yelling. Using specific phrases that require a call back from students that signal it is time to focus on the teacher.
This tool should be used before direct instruction from the teacher or whenever whole group attention is needed. There are several different cards that students will receive with the call out and call back response listed. The teacher will call a phrase out, for example “Hocus pocus” and students would respond with “Everybody focus.” My fifth grade teacher used these and I remember always calling back the response and effectively stopping what I was doing and turning my attention to my teacher. This teaches students that attention can be brought in a different way then yelling, helping teachers demonstrate proper behavior.
This tool can be used in the preventative stage. The preventative stage is about preventing issues before the arise, in this case gathering an entire class attention without yelling. It often takes a while to gather attention, especially in younger grades, and this tool gives the teacher direct feedback as to who is focus and who is not. I think this tool fits both the teacher directed and collaborative and the collaborative theories best. This is a collaborative tool, as it takes both the teacher and student to use the tool effectively. However, their choices are limited as it is the teacher who calls out first. Along with that theory, this belongs in the collaborative and teacher directed due to the fact that it is for the attention of students, but is directed by the teacher which the attention falls to. The tool desires student involvement while still personally maintaining control to the teacher.
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Tool Source: Foxwellforest.com