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Strategies for helping your class have a straight and quiet line in the hallway.
Positive line management!
Posted by:Lisa #21873

I did two things that solved my problems quick.

First, I put them in a line order, so that friends were not near each other, and the sneaky kids were in the middle of the line. If they have no one to talk to they can't say much!

Second, my class earns points for compliments from other teachers. The teachers on our normal routes are very good about saying positive things if my kids are doing well. The kids love it, and work very hard to get those points.

Simple, didn't have to be mean, and it worked wonders.

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This year, I've tried this....
Posted by:PrivateEyes #135745

When we go out in the hallway, I ask them all to put their hands

A) Behind their backs
B) Folded in front of them
C) At their sides with fingers crossed.
D) One in front, one in back

It's different every day. They're so concentrating on doing the hands right, they don't touch the walls, and they don't talk, either. It's the best thing I've come up with yet.

P.S. We only tried putting their hands on their hips once. It looked a little strange, and the other third graders laughed at them. I scolded the other third graders publicly, but admitted to my class that we weren't going to use that one again, because it looked a little silly.

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Line up Call & Response
Posted by:AddieJ #135746

I can't stand it when my kinders touch the walls (especially if another class has some projects displayed & my kids mess with them)

I do this with my kinders everytime we line up to go somewhere (& enforce it the entire way until we get where we're going :) Say it like a military drill sargent (sp?):

Teacher says: Facing?
Students respond: Forward!
T: Arms?
S: Crossed!
T: Mouths? (or lips?)
S: Quiet! (or zipped!)
T: BOdies?
S: Still!

then I can remind the kids what they said before we left ("you told me your arms were crossed so you need to keep them that way")
it works like a charm for me!

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Posted by:cindyjink #135760

I teach 1st grade and I like to mix it up. At the beginning of the year we are "Spies". We try to go down the hall so quietly no one even looks at us. We tip toe past doorways and duck under windows. We all do a "Whew" (wipe our hand across our forehead) When we reach our destination.
Sometimes we are frogs & if we are quiet we won't get eaten by the Alligators.
Sometimes we have to catch a bubble in our mouth and hold it. (hold air in cheeks like a bubble)
Whatever we are studying in science / social studies - usually there is a way to pretend to be that quietly.
Hope this helps!

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line numbers
Posted by:c #69095

I also put them in order and they have numbers. The student of the week gets to be line leader, but otherwise they are in number line order. Sometimes I will call all odd numbers to line up, then all even numbers. If I have a few extra minutes I will call out number problems and the student whose number is the answer will line up (Say 5 + 6 and 11 will line up).
This helps with organizing papers too - I put all papers in number line order and then grade them. They are ready to put in my gradebook in line. It also makes it quick to see who hasn't turned a paper in - just put papers in number line order quickly, and then you can tell at a glance whose paper is missing.

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Fire Drill order
Posted by:sonshine #135048

I learned this from a teacher when I first started teaching at this school several years ago. He had all the children line up by fire drill order as it was in the class register. (By grade, alphabetically by last name)

I teach it to them at the beginning of the year when we are learning procedures and that is ALWAYS the way they are to line up. It saves a lot of jostling to be first in line. It's also great during fire drills!!!

I have a "student-of-the-day" who gets to lead the line so they all get a chance to be "first" sometimes. Once kids figure out this is "life", it ceases to become an issue with them.

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Posted by:Christina #78710

I had my kids line up in number order a few years ago, and it worked well. About half way through the year we started lining up in reverse number order--they loved that.

However, last year I started assigning 2 weekly leaders (which were 2 of my classroom jobs), and one was the line leader while the other was the line ender. Then the rest of the kids would line up in the order they arrived at the door. We had only one class meeting about place in line, and we all decided that 3rd graders do not care about place in line, and skipping/cutting in line--it was a second grade issue that they were ready to leave behind---and it was FABULOUS! I'll do the same thing again this year. They were so mature about it, and felt that they decided how to behave, not me.

So, good...

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Hallway Game
Posted by:Zee #123607

I sometimes play a game with my's me vs. them. We try to see who can be the quietest. If they win we draw some bingo numbers. If I win, we don't draw any bingo numbers. If it's a tie, we still draw bingo numbers. I have had to explain to some other teachers why I didn't verbally respond back to them in the hallway, and now when my kids are doing a great job, these teachers try to get me to talk so the kids can win. We don't do this every time we are in the hallway, but it works well on a chatty day.

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what to say before leaving classroom preK-2
Posted by:Mrs. Monica #135747

My hands are hanging by my side.
I'm standing staight and tall.
My eyes are looking straight ahead.
I'm ready for the hall!

I say this after the students have formed their initial line inside the classroom and are waiting for me to move into the hallway. I also demonstrate as I say each part. It's amazing how the students will follow along with the actions and fall right in line. It's been the miracle cure for me.

All they ever need for a reminder in the hallway is me mouthing the word "hands" or "eyes" and they quietly walk down the hall. Occasionally when the lines become messy, I stop the class and ask them to do a hair stare. They quickly figure out that this means they are to make...

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Marshmallow Toes
Posted by:katz2006 #135754

Here is the Marshmallow Toes poem. I am going to use it this year.

Walking through the hallways,
Everyone quietly goes...
Being respectful all the way
Walking on our Marshmallow Toes!

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Perfect 10 and a chant
Posted by:Happy Teacher #123599

For good behavior in the hallway I have a technique that I read about somewhere called the perfect 10. In the hallway it should be 1 straight line (hence the number 1 in the 10) and 0 voices (the zero in 10) If the students are quiet we cross a number off the number grid chart. When they have a row of 10 crossed off they earn 10 extra minutes of recess. This is great for the beginning of the year when you are trying to teach procedures. I would not do it the whole year though.:s)
The other idea is to do a chant before we leave the classroom. Again, I don't know where I found this idea, I've used it for a long time. The chant is to the tune of that army song...sound off.....Here's the chant...
teacher says....Standing in line is easy to do. (kids repeat line)

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Firm not mean
Posted by:Ms. #135748

I'm a first year teacher and have much to learn, but one thing that I have down is classroom management. I have the students get into two lines because it makes the line shorter and easier for me to manage. If the students can't get from point A to point B the way I expect them to (quietly with their hand to their sides) we go back to the classroom ( no matter how close we are to our destination or how late we are) and start over. They hate doing that. Obviously I did that many times at the begining of the school year. At this point I don't have to do that anymore. They even get compliments on what a good class they are in the hall ways. The important part is to stick to it until they get it and no matter how minor the disruption go back.

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Posted by:TeachyBon #135749

I also try to start good habits from the first day. We will walk back to class, sit down, then line back up if we are being disruptive in the hallway.

Humor goes a long way too.. I tell mine "We are students, not grapes! We travel in lines, not bunches!" which gets a laugh and reminds them what they are supposed to be doing.

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Posted by:dmamec #135753

We stop the line at a number of points along our journey....corners, exit signs, etc. This allows for those wayward souls to get caught back up with us.

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Line Leader
Posted by:nancynancy #135758

To get my students to walk quietly in the hall I choose a line leader (at the beginning of the year it's me). The students have to follow what the line leader does (similar to simon says without the talking). For example, we might pretend we're birds and flap our arms and then tap our shoulders. This keeps the kids minds on something other than talking!

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secret person
Posted by:BookMuncher #135757

I usually wait until the kids are struggling (for you it would be now! ;) ) and after I've taught them what I expect. Then we start to play the secret person game where before we leave the room I silently choose one secret person. If that person walks the whole way and follows the rules of the hall, they "win" and get a fish ticket (my classroom prize). If that person does not, then I don't tell who it was but it drives them crazy b/c they want to be picked so badly. I love it b/c you can cheat-- if a child who usually cannot walk in the hall is having an espeically good day, I can switch my secret person in my head so that they get reinforced. I also do it on the way back from where we're walking. Soon, I phase to: the...

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i have to change it up
Posted by:Kaylen #135759

I use mystery students too. But I don't do it often because I'm not big on giving rewards for expected behavior. What I am finding to be most successful is really quite simple. Whoever is the line leader gets to chose how to walk down the hall. (Like the other post mentioned) Mine can either pretend to have a bubble in their mouth (looks funny, but they like it) or put a finger on their lips (quiet sign). Then hands can be behind back, at sides, or hands together in front. I'm not sure how long this will last, but it's been a week so far!

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Line up idea
Posted by:Sarah #82305

My favorite way is to start an oral math problem. Then I point at rows and they line up as I continue. When everyone is in line I ask for the answer. For example "3 (point at a row) + 4 (point at another row)-2 (point at another row)+9 (point at another row)-4 (point at another row)... (when they're all in line) =
They are too busy listening to talk and after you get an answer you're ready to go.

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Hall Walking
Posted by:choralmuse #135743

My Kindergarten and Pre-K respond well to "Duck Tails and Bubbles"

The duck tails are great for keeping hands to themselves. Have them make the bubbles by closing their lips and puffing out their cheeks.

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