Teaching is supposed to be fun! Who says you can't have fun while getting students attention. Think about all the instruction time missed when teachers fail to grab their students attention. Whole Brain Teaching - Attention Please!
This clothespin system will help you keep track of who has turned in their homework. Numbers corresponding to students on one side of clothes pin and smiley face on the other. Students flip their clothespin to the smiley face when they turn things in.
Nameless papers drive me crzay! Easy and adorable. No Name board. Clip papers that don't have names on them to the board and have students go check there instead of spending your time trying to figure out who they belong to!
The way it works is that when I need the class to quiet down, I start counting backwards from five: If I get to and there is even one student talking, I get the tally point. If the entire class is quiet, they get the point.