This practice guide will support you in establishing methods for students to gain your attention to request assistance, ask a question or share information.

About this practice

Establishing methods for students to gain your attention is important for creating a safe and supportive learning environment and minimising disruptions.

The number of students in a classroom means that a signal is needed to gain the teacher’s attention rather than students calling out and moving around the room. Teaching, rehearsing, and reinforcing the signal students use to gain your attention will help to meet students’ needs, manage interruptions to teaching and learning, and create a positive and supportive learning environment for all students.

Effective classroom management creates safe and supportive learning environments for all students. This practice guide is part of a suite of foundational resources for beginning teachers, teachers working in new environments, or experienced teachers who want to refine or refresh specific elements of their classroom management practice. They can be used to individually reflect on and refine one’s own practice, or as shared resources to support mentoring and other collaborative and whole-school approaches to improving classroom management.

See Classroom Management Resources: User Guide for more information.

Keywords: student engagement, disruption, disruptive behaviour