I love to be in a classroom where students are creating and collaborating with each other! But sometimes you need to get there attention. Call and response signals are my favorite attention getters! So much better than...."shhhhhh" or trying to talk above the chatter. Even better than flipping the lights on and off. The kiddos love them, too. One of my favorites... I say "ba-da-da-da-da" and they respond "I'm loving it!"(McDonalds.) What is your favorite attention getter in the classroom?
Here are some ideas that might work for you!
Call and Response Ideas
Here's an interesting blog post about getting students to listen.