Todd Finley wrote a great piece for Edutopia with a variety of non-traditional attention-getting strategies for classroom teachers. He begins:
“One day, in front 36 riotous sophomores, I clutched my chest and dropped to my knees like Sergeant Elias at the end of Platoon. Instantly, dead silence and open mouths replaced classroom Armageddon. Standing up like nothing had happened, I said, “Thanks for your attention — let’s talk about love poems.” Keep reading here.