R E : T H E A T R E


Created by: Lindsay Kujawa

Last Updated: April 11, 2019 

RE-FOCUS ACTIVITIES

Rather than shouting or yelling to get students attention, below are some ideas of ways to get students attention that are not as disruptive/negative (and allow you to save your voice and keep your sanity).


If you can hear me…

(Using a normal or slightly soft voice) “If you can hear me touch your nose…. If you can hear me put your hand on your head… if you can hear me snap your fingers…. If you can hear me jump on your right foot…. If you can hear me touch your elbow.... If you can hear me touch your ear…. If you can hear me look at someone who is still talking...etc”

Repeat as many “actions” as needed until everyone is focused and repeating instructions.

Two Three…

Teacher: “Two, three eyes on me”

Students: “One two, eyes on you”

Repeat as many “actions” as needed until everyone is focused and repeating instructions.


Rhythm

Create a clapping rhythm and have students repeat it back to you. Vary the rhythm as many times as needed until all students are repeating the clapping rhythm back.

Code word

As a group come up with a call and response code word. When this code word is said students immediately stop what they’re doing and are quiet. The code word could be a simple call and response such as:

Teacher: Chimi Chimichanga

Students: Chimi Chimichanga

Or something more complicated like a song lyric (and could include movement), such as:

Teacher: It was a one eyed (point to forehead), one horn (index finger up in the air)

Students: Flying purple people eater (flapping arms)


Whatever you decide, it's super important that the students generate it.