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I’ve heard of elementary teachers using doorbell chimes for transitions. I teach 8th-12th, but I’m thinking this might work for transitioning from each day’s bellringer to the lesson... thoughts???

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I have one in my middle school science classroom and it's great. The kids respond really well to it. I use it to transition between activities within the class, especially from group work back to whole class.

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I don't use it every day. Depends on the activity. I could end up having it multiple times in a day or a few times a week. It varies. The kids like it and they like when I change up the tone on it too.

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I used a waiter bell for transitioning last year with k-2. I taught the children to ring the bell when they finished an assignment. This was helpful to motivate and encourage some students to finish, and having the bell helped bond the group. They would congratulate each other on finishing the task even when the task was tough.

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I use one in my middle school math class and I love it! It's perfect for when students are working in centers, a game or with partners. I use it to signal time being up or that I need their attention.

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I have one also. The students thought that it was voice activated. You would only hear the doorbell if the noise level was high. 🤣

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This is the same door bell I have. It’s wonderful and for some reason the one “chime” they hear that stops the talking . It plugs into an outlet and the door bell is small - it fits in my pocket. It is also easy to carry around while teaching. You can change the chimes too- 50 something different sounds. 😉

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I have the one pictured. I use it in 6-8 to have my computer students stop for a stretch, look away from the computer break. I teach them what I want them to do when they hear it and then it works beautifully with the push of a button. This is also impressive for admin to see "classroom management".

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I teach first grade and used one this year. It was the only thing for me that worked really well. I rang that and they started transitioning.

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I had read about using a wireless doorbell on teacher blogs for several years. Last summer I happened to pass through that section of Walmart amend bought one on a whim. Best! Money! Spent! For the classroom! I teach second grade and from week one, and some practice, it was practically the only method I needed to get my student’s attention throughout the year. Mine had two options of chimes, I only used the one that had two chimes in a row. Students knew to stop whatever they were doing and stand to look at me by the second chime. Even worked for the substitutes, who couldn’t say enough good about it. If it works for the sub, that’s a game changer.

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I have used a timer for 20 years!

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I use this in my room and on my house. :-)

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I use the app “Music Cue” by Rick Morris for transitions throughout the day (in grades 3-4 so far). The students enjoy the tunes much more than hearing voice for the everyday tasks like turning in papers, gathering for morning meeting, cleaning up at the end of an activity, etc.

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I bought this app and none of the music transferred to the app. Apparently it doesn’t work well with iTunes. Completely wasted my money unfortunately

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I use a timer on my phone

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We aren’t allowed to have our phones out except during lunch or planning period. So that wouldn’t work lol

Our whole 1-2 team had these this year and they loved them! Really helpful!

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