Scream and shout
When sometimes the students get too excited , I'd hold out my hand up in the air and the fingers locked tight. That tells the students to scream and shout as loud as they can.
Then they should be 100% quiet when they see the hand opens.No talking, no laughing , not even answering the questions. Now it's a good time to talk funny , or walk around and ask some questions which they might just burst out answers. Or pretend that you are to close your hand but quickly switch back. If are fooled and make any sounds or answer your questions, you can take away their points.
I found that it can quickly get their attention in about 10 seconds only. At first they may not follow your hand well. Later
they all look at you but say nothing on your questions with very happy faces. Then just go ahead and go on your next lecture.
Any comments? Write me at : firstname.lastname@example.org
World's Best Jobs!
Dave's ESL Cafe Copyright © 2008 Dave Sperling. All Rights Reserved.