I seem to have an influx of visitors (Thanks Mimi and MathyMcMatherson!) so now seems like a great time to conduct the poll I've been planning. All teachers have a few key phrases that they use on a regular basis. They are verbal cues that your students learn to react to. I don't remember deciding on any of these, but they are the ones that I find myself saying over and over. A month or so ago I was visiting a friend who is an elementary school teacher and she had a sheet full of really corny call and response ideas to use with kids. As silly as they seem, I have no doubt they work. I wouldn't mind adding a bit of fun to my transitions or classroom repertoire, but none on the list felt right to me. That's where you come in!
Most Heard Phrases in my classroom:
"I need eyes up here and voices quiet" (by the time I say quiet, I'm speaking quietly)
"defend your answer" (the first few times I tell them to pretend to be lawyers providing evidence)
"use nice words" (when I hear anything that doesn't fit my definition of respectful)
I've used these three often enough that kids can both anticipate and complete them. I'm sure I have others, but these are the only ones that jump out as phrases where I use the exact same wording every time.
My co-worker uses a call and response where she says/sings "red robin" and they say "yummm" (and their mouths have to stay closed on the mmm sound). If the shoe fits... I hope those students don't arrive in my classroom next year expecting me to sing to them every day though, since that's really not me!
What are your favorite phrases? Did you pick them on purpose or did they happen organically?