I attended a professional development meeting not too long ago, led by my former first grade teacher...who is wonderful!! M.J. (Marijo...not to be confused with Michael Jackson. However, she's just as awesome!) is now our Literacy Coach. She gave some great ideas on how to get uninterrupted time with your students. When she had her own classroom, she used to wear a special pair of reading glasses whenever she needed time to focus on selected students. Marijo's class knew that they were not to interrupt her when she was wearing those glasses unless it was a true emergency. (And if you're a first grade teacher, then you know that it is necessary to give examples of what is considered to be an emergency. Finding a staple on the floor may not be one of them.) :) You can go to the dollar store and get a funky, cheap pair of glasses.
Being that I wear glasses regularly, I needed to think of something else to use as a visual. I have a clay flower pot sitting on my table. It is filled with 'flower pens'. My special education teacher and I use these pens to let the students know that we need time to focus on the person that is sitting with us. If a child forgets, I simply hold my pen up and he usually goes back to his task until I can address him. (And by then, the problem is usually solved.)
|This is not mine, but it looks just like it!|
You could also wear a head band, put up a sign, turn on a lamp, put on a vest...anything that stands out!
If you have any other ideas that you find helpful, leave them in a comment! Have a great week!