I like to get their attention silently rather than saying, “If you can hear me, clap once” or something like that. One of the things I do is I put my hand up.
Thank you Justin, Diana. Okay.
Anybody in the room who sees my hand puts their hand up, and so on and so forth, so anybody who sees another hand up, they all put their hands up. It’s a silent way of getting their attention. All the kids don’t have to be facing me in order for it to happen. They’re always facing each other when they’re working in small groups. It also gives them a second or two to finish that last thought, whatever they’re talking about or working on.
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It’s not an immediately, “You must be silent now.” It gives them a second to bring their attention back to the whole class.