Ways to get your student’s attention…

As discussed on  TheArtofEd, last week, getting your students attention by using non-verbal cues.  This can be a crucial step in getting students ready to start the task at hand.

Having 55 minute class periods for high school students is a bit cumbersome.  The time limit is just long enough to start projects and make progress, however it is too short to really thoroughly complete any project within a class period.  Being a high school teacher, I wanted to try and not reserve myself to cheesy tactics like clapping or hand signals, so I decided to use the ever so popular “bell ringer.”

Each class I take has a daily goal that the students are responsible for recording and than responding to a leading question about the task at hand.  Some days these goals really spring board the class into discussions that help provide a successful experience with a specific project.  Other times, students overlook the goal and just start in working with the materials.

I do believe using non-verbal cues to get the students ready to work is a crucial part to properly managing a classroom, and while the art room can be drastically different than other core classrooms, it is still a place where work needs to get done.

What are some other non-verbal ways teacher’s use to get their classes up and running?

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