Working on the Act2Learn models will be new to your students. At first, you might think they are unable to ‘stay focused.’ However, the more they run the models, the more they will become used to working physically in the classroom.
In order to go easily from the motion and sound of the models to the silence and stillness needed to communicate new directions, it is necessary to use some kind of signal to ask students to stop and listen. The following are some that we find helpful. In all cases, it is not necessary for every student to have seen or heard the signal, but rather, to respond to it as soon as they see that others are responding to it.
Classroom Control Techniques
This well needs your attention. Red Zone: Call out “Red Zone” and raise your hand for the model to stop. Everyone stops and sits down facing the teacher.
A drum beat: Again, use to freeze the action or have everyone sit down and listen.
A clapping pattern: A short clapping pattern with everyone joining in with and becoming quiet and still by the end of the pattern.
Still Waters: See physical Vocabulary
Signal/Response: Any signal can be used to initiate a stop in activity. Simply create a signal that works for your class.
Finally, experiment with the size of group that works on the models you are using, until you find what works best for your class.