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    By Julianne

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    I've seen teachers blink the lights as a signal that it's time to listen. I teach first grade and use a technique I learned while teaching kindergarten. It is for times when the students are busy at their work and you need to stop them quickly to explain some little thing ("Oops, remember to color that paper before cutting it apart!"), or to tell them of a change in plans ("We have an assembly I forgot about." or "The school nurse is here to check your vision.") In your loud, teacher voice say, "Everyone put your hands in the air." Not one hand, both hands. This way they aren't fiddling with something else and they are focused on the directions you have to give.

    Of course, there are tons of other classroom management tools, and you'll probably find a file full of ones that work for you before long!

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