If You Hear Me Talking...

When students are working on projects or having small group conversations, it can be challenging to get everyone's attention.

Sometimes it works to ask nicely. Sometimes it does not.

This is a quick and easy way to get students' attention.

  1. Position yourself closely to some students and say, "If you can hear me talking, clap once."
  2. Use eye contact or tap shoulders, to get a few of them to join you.
  3. Once three or four people are clapping, it will get others' attention.
  4. Escalate the number (i.e. "If you can hear me talking, clap twice").
  5. To keep it interesting, switch it up (i.e. "If you can hear me talking, squeal like a pig"), so they really have to listen.
  6. You can also switch it up and use call and response from popular songs (i.e. "Biggie, Biggie, Biggie, can't you see...")
  • i.e. markers, post-its, laptop or tablet, Google Docs, etc.