Using Call Backs After Spring Break (FREEBIE!)

As much as teachers look forward to Spring Break, I think we equally dread going back afterwards. We know that routines and procedures will have to be retaught, because for 9 days our kiddos have  been allowed to stay up late and run wild. They'll come back to us full of stories of their break (even if its just a retelling of their latest video game adventures). Many of them will also come back over-tired, emotionally drained (for those flipping between divorced parents over the break) and just not all that keen on sitting still and listening.  Rather than dread that first week back, plan to reteach procedures and introduce some new Call Backs or Attention Getters.

Call backs are only as effective as the teacher using them. If you use and reuse the same one all the time, it loses its effectiveness. If you feel silly saying it, chances are the kids will pick up on that and respond less enthusiastically. And of course, if you're bored, the kids will definitely be bored! So with that in mind, its important to find several call backs that you feel comfortable with, and rotate them so they don't get stale. To help you out, I've compiled a list of my favorites:

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10 Rustle Up A Response!:

Tiffani said... Reply to comment

Jennifer- those are absolutely adorable. I know my kids will love these.
✿Tiffani Time 4 Kindergarten

Doreen Orr said... Reply to comment

Thank you for the call back responses. I can just hear the children echoing back. Great idea and beautifully created. Doreen from

amber said... Reply to comment

I love the book references! I used three different call back responses this past year but want to do a better job of changing them more often because it seemed they lost their immediate effectiveness after a while :)

Unknown said... Reply to comment

These are great! I use call backs in my classroom and this adds to my collection! Thanks for the reminder to mix them up though as I can sometimes get stuck using the same few. Thanks for sharing!

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Anonymous said... Reply to comment

These are really, Thanks for sharing. Would they work well for high school students?

Anonymous said... Reply to comment

Teacher: 123 All eyes on me! Children: 456 Our eyes are fixed!

Paula Lee Bright said... Reply to comment

These are ingenious! My struggling readers (online) will adore, LOVE, go nuts over these. Thank you SO much for your generosity in sharing. It means the world.

Anonymous said... Reply to comment

I like all of these. I use the lyrics of Ice ice baby.
Teacher: "Alright stop"
Students: "Collaborate and listen"
It works a treat

Unknown said... Reply to comment

Love these! I can't wait to use them this year. Thank you so much for sharing!

Unknown said... Reply to comment

GREAT call back. My students love it! Thanks for sharing.