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?