This would make a great procedure (Harry Wong). Count to five or hold up one finger at a time when the class needs to refocus. Discuss what occurs for each number at the beginning of the school year and eventually the reaction will be automatic.
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Our Target Tree | Teaching Photos At the beginning of the school year display a large tree - a 'Target Tree'. Each half term the class cuts out an apple with a personal target written on it. This is stuck onto the tree. When the target is achieved they recieve 2 merits etc. A new apple is added each half term. (This makes a very good display!)