Fast Fix – Attention Whistle

Use a whistle to get attention in noisy practical lessons

Practical lessons can be (should be?) noisy places. They are filled with discussion, roaring bunsens, crashing cars or squelching organs. A loud blast on a whistle is an instant, low effort and effective way of regaining attention.

If this isn’t for you, try using other non-verbal cues. You should never have to shout for attention in a class.  Your voice is your most important tool and you must look after it.


  • Whistle (really you will be surprised how well it works)
  • Raising your hand and counting down from five on your fingers
  • Clapping out a rhythm
  • A digital klaxon

How do you get attention in your practical lessons?


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