THIS is a FOX40 whistle. It is THE whistle. I bought it to help get the kid’s attention while outside and on field trips. I’ve been wanting to get it for a while and then a very dangerous event happened while we were crossing the street downtown that convinced me we absolutely needed it.
On campus it’s really annoying to go around to rally the kids together and let them know that a meeting is about to start or that it’s time to clean up. When off campus I feel so much anxiety compensating for the lack of attention the kids pay and the lack of etiquette they display.
I don’t like shouting or calling names over and over again. It occasionally gets to a point where I just have to grab and redirect a kid when we’re out and about. Field trips tend to feel far more stressful than fun. So I got a whistle.
We also have a simple zen chime to get attention and to signal the start of our large group meetings. The kids have expressed how unpleasant it is when we hit the bell too hard and the facilitators have expressed how the bell would hardly be necessary if everyone transitioned smoothly and responded to the first soft chime. It’s been some weeks and the start of meetings happen a lot quicker. The bell is now less about getting attention and more about a ritual that says “let’s begin”. I even countdown the bell with a 3, 2, 1 beforehand.
Outside the whistle is showing some effect. 2 short toots and an announcement seems to get enough of the kids moving to build momentum.
The next thing is to see how its use improves off campus experience.