How To Get Students Listen To You? (Primary School)


The quiet classroom is just a dream? You constantly remind them to quiet down? Then you need to learn these simple steps to get your students attention. We have good news for you – teaching primary school students can be fun and rewarding. If you learn how to grab their attention, you will really enjoy the class.

  1. Play With Them 

Primary school students are still kids. So even they don’t listen to you, it does not mean they don’t respect you. There are two reasons for students to be quiet: 1. They are afraid of you; 2. They are engaged with what you are saying. To do so, you need to play with them. “The Quiet Game” can be a first step to a quiet class. Divide students into groups and ask them to be quiet for as long as possible. Offer a small prize (it can be a sticker, pencil and so on) for the group that stays silent the longest. If your class is small, then don’t divide students into groups but let the students compete with each other.

  1. You Take My Time and I Take Your Time

Tell your students in advance that if they waste the class time, you’ll compensate the minutes using the free time of student. Every time they lose attention and get noisy, watch the clock and count the seconds. This will make students quiet for some time. In the end of the class, tell the students that they have to make up those minutes and must wait 1-3 minutes before going for a break.

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  1. Implement A Rewards System.

Lots of teachers use rewards systems such as stickers. You can offer a group and/or individual rewards system depending on the class size. Give stickers for every task a student/group accomplished well, and take one sticker back each time students get too noisy.

  1. Follow Me.

To prevent the class from being noisy and losing attention, ask the students to raise their hands once you say a code word or sentence. It can be literally anything. As an alternative, you can use a flash card to show. This will calm your students down and show you who is giving you full attention. Once you know who isn’t following the class, call their name and make sure that they’re listening.

  1. Never Yell At Your Students.

Never raise the voice. Students at this age will try to follow your behaviour patterns. So if you set a quiet mood in the classroom, the students will be quiet. When you yell, students will also yell as they think it’s allowed.

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  1. There’s a lot more to it than that. It has to begin on Day 1 of the term with the class when the boundaries are set. These ideas are reasonable but they have to be used in conjunction with much more: Needs Analysis; focussed lessons of the right level; set boundaries; and so on.

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