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Call and Response Cues

Found in: Handling Disruptions, Noise Control, Routines and Procedures, Transitions

Want to get your students’ attention easily and quickly? Invent a call and response cue they can participate in and signal they are ready to listen or quiet down. The teacher or speaker calls out and the group responds with a related word/phrase or movement. This allows for varied response and respect of diverse styles.

Examples of call and response cues:

  • I say “waterfall” students respond “shhhh” and can drop fingers like a waterfall.
  • I say “banana” students respond “slug” and can wiggle to their seats.
  • I say “fourth” students respond “grade” and can put up a four or raise the roof in celebration.


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