Attention Getters

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32 ideas for getting your students’ attention in drama class or rehearsal. Perfect for all ages.

Drama experiences can be energetic and loud. Bring students into focus by trying some of these fun and effective ways to grab their attention. This list was curated from ideas shared by Drama Notebook members. Included are 20 Call and Response options and 10 unique ways to gather your students together.


1. Teacher: When I say focus you say check. Focus!
Students: Check!
Teacher: Focus!
Students: Check!

*Consider changing the words to suit your group, theme, or play.
Examples: Drama/Queen – William/Shakespeare – Curtain/Call – Cheshire/Cat

2. Teacher: Hear ye, hear ye!
Students: All hail the queen (or king)!

3. Stand still and calmly start humming or singing a single note, students can either join in quietly or stop and give focus.

4. “We are landing our spaceship.” Then begin counting down from ten to one, getting quieter with each number until all are sitting or focused on “one.”

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