35 Fun Attention-Getters to Keep Your Classroom Under Control

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There’s no need to beat around the bush, every classroom gets noisy sometimes… OK, maybe more than sometimes! Having a good way to everyone’s attention and calm the class down can be a life-saver. LITERALLY! So we rounded up a laundry list of some of the best attention-getters teachers around the world are using on a daily basis. Take your pick and take control!

1. Teacher: “Hocus Pocus”

    Students: “Everybody Focus!” 

Ron from Harry Potter using wand

2. Teacher: “When the hand goes up…”

    Students: “The mouth goes shut!”

 Man hands in the air gif

3. Teacher: “Zip it, lock it”

    Students: “Put it in your pocket!”

Phoebe zipping her mouth throwing out key

4. Teacher: “Can I get a…”

    Students: “Whoop Whoop!”

Basketball players hands in the air "Whoop whoop"

5. Teacher: “Parlez-vous français?”

    Students: “Oui, oui, oui!”

Crowd holding YES signs

6. Teacher: “If we don’t row…”

    Students: “Then we don’t go!”

Th Simpsons on a boat "row row row your boat gently" gif

7. Teacher: “Tootsie roll, lollipop…”

    Students: “We were talking, now let’s stop!”

lollipops gif

8. Teacher” “No bees, no honey”

    Students: “No work, no money!”

 Winnie the Poo drinking honey

9. Teacher: “Macaroni and cheese…”

    Students: “Everybody Freeze!”

Elsa freezing gif

10. Teacher: “Chicka, chicka”

      Students: “Boom, boom!”

Dancing boy "chicka chicka yeah"

11. Teacher: “Chugga, chugga”

      Students: “Choo, choo!”

Cartoon train gif

12. Teacher: “All set?” 

      Students: “You bet!

Chuck Norris giving thumb up

13. Teacher: “Freeze! Everybody, clap your hands!”

       Students: (Clap their hands 7 times)

Snape applauding

14. Teacher: “Peanut Butter”

      Student: “Jelly!”

"It's peanut butter jelly time!!!" gif

15. Teacher: “Flat tire”

      Students: “Shhhhhhhhhhhh….”

Shhhhh... gif

16. Teacher: “Scooby Dooby Doo”

      Students: “Where are you???”

Scoobi doo dog on owner's back

17. Teacher: “Hands on top”

      Students: “Everybody stop!”

Phoebe "Stop! Stop the madness"

18. Teacher: “1, 2, 3, eyes on me!”

      Students: “1, 2 eyes on you!”

De Niro "I see you" gif

19. Teacher: “Hey, hey!”

      Students: “Ho, Ho!”

men dancing "The Hey ho!"

20. Teacher: “Magic Finger in the air…”

      Students: “Magic finger everywhere!”

      Teacher: “Magic finger on your hips…”

      Students: “Magic finger on your lipssssssss…”

"Just go" gif

21. Teacher: “Holy Moly”

      Students: “Guacamole”

two avocados halves dancing

22. Teacher: “Hi, ho, hi, ho!”

      Students: “It’s off to work we go!”

Snow White dwarfs

23. Teacher: “Hakuna…”

      Students: “Matata!”

Simba pumba and Timon dancing to "Hakuna Matata" gif

24. Teacher: “1, 2, 3!”

      Students: “Look at me!”

Cat saying "Look at me"

25. Teacher: “To infinity…”

      Students: “And beyond!”

Toy Story "to infinity and beyond!" gif

26. Teacher: “If you can hear me, put your hands on your head.”

      Students: (Put hands on heads)

Basketball player hands on his head

27. Teacher: “Class, class!”

      Student: “Yes, yes!”

Man screaming YES YES YES

28. Teacher: “Oh me!

      Student: “Oh my!”

Man saying "Oh my..."

29. Teacher: “Yaketi Yak”

      Students: “Don’t talk back!”

Woman saying no with finger

30. Teacher: “Ready to rock?”

      Students: “Ready to roll!”

"Now we're rocking!"

31. Teacher: “Alarm, alarm”

      Students: “Everybody is calm!”

Minion with alarm on head

32. Teacher: “Ready to listen?”

      Students: “Ready to learn!”

"You gonna learn today"

33. Teacher: “Everybody in the house…”

      Students: “Is as quiet as a mouse!”

Mouse looking at Eiffel Tower

34. Teacher: “Okey Dokey”

      Students: “Karaoke!”

      Teacher: “Okey dokey”

      Students: “Guacamole!”

      Teacher: “Okey dokey”

      Students: “Artechokey!”

Okey-Dokey! gif

35. Teacher: “LOUD, LOUD, LOUD!”

      Students: “soft, soft soft…”

Steve Carrel "Loud noises"

Do you have a different attention-getter? Let us know in the comments below!


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