Therefore, I use a range of different attention-getting strategies in my classroom. Depending on my mood or the noise-level or the activity, I chose the sound-maker that makes the most sense for the situation.
These "energy chimes" were the first "attention getter" I ever used. I use the three (melodious!) tones to remind them: 1) Stop what you're doing (nothing in your hands), 2) No sound, and 3) Eyes on the teacher. I like to let the last tone hang in the air and then fade away. This one has always worked for me. And it's sentimental too!
When the room is very noisy (a "good noisy" that comes from involvement in an activity), it is hard to hear most "traditional" sound-makers. I rarely use this "clacker" because the kids are often startled by the unfamiliar sound. It is the most helpful in a crowded noisy room and can be counted on to catch their attention (Although, invariably, someone says, "What was that?")
This bell has been my old stand-by for years (and years and years.) It looks fairly ancient too! I like the fact that you can continue ringing the bell until the students stop talking. It's not particularly loud, and the tone is gentle, so it's not ear-shattering when I ring it. I like that in a bell!
I saved the best for last. I saw this one on Pinterest and I simply HAD to have it! (I tracked it down in Pier One.) I love my new bell! It is not particularly loud, and the sound is pleasant--more so than the usual "school bell" or "sales clerk bell." More to my liking, however, is the appearance. Love the bling! And the colors match my room. It just makes me happy to see it on my "desk" (which is now just the table that holds my computer and the doc cam--and the bell!)
What do you do to direct students' attention? Do you have a favorite sound-maker?