So my creative mind began coming up with a few ideas. What do my kids do in the beginning of class? They tend to ignore directions written on a chalkboard or PowerPoint slide. I get tired of repeating myself over and over and over and.... well you get the point!
I decided to communicate upcoming dates, announcements, materials needed, etc. in a small slide slide show that repeats itself over and over. Best of all, the slides are loaded with bizarre pictures that get the point across. I mean, who doesn't want to get out a writing utensil after seeing a girl with a pencil up her nose? I know! I know! I am being a little graphic, but it does get their attention.
Best of all, I found a way to play this PowerPoint on only half of my screen, so I can use the other half for our warm-up activity. Here's how I do it:
After turning to this, I am able to communicate with my students much better. Best of all, they are more attentive and engaged at the beginning of class. Rather than trying to fool around or walk in late, they hustle to class to see what the next "shocking picture" will be!