I have taught 4-6th grades. I have also taught in a middle school type setting where I might have 120 kids at one time. With this in mind I can get the entire 120 kids t o come to attention with one of two methods. The first is "hands on your head" Sometimes I say the words and other times I just place my hands on my head and they all start following suit. The second way is a clapping pattern that they finish. I have also used where I start clapping a beat and they mimic it.
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