Having trouble getting just one child to quiet down or clean up? Imagine wrangling 20. These classroom tricks will keep kids on track.

Lower Your Voice

“If you want kids to listen, lower your voice instead of raising it. This forces kids to focus. Whisper, ‘If you can hear me, touch your nose.’ After a little while, everyone does it.”

Activity Timer

“Use timer and give them exactly one minute to complain. Once the timer dings, it’s time to get to work.”

Desk Fairy

“Choose a Desk Fairy (student) who checks the kids’ desks while they are in another class or at recess. He/She leaves stickers or a prize if their desks are neat. They never know when she’ll show up, so they have to be organized at all times.”