Have you jumped on the classroom doorbell bandwagon yet? If not, what are you waiting for? After all, classrooms today are usually a hive of activity, making it hard to get your students’ attention. Attention-getters and clapbacks are great, but it’s nice to have another tool in your toolbox. Plus, there are so many ways to use a classroom doorbell! Here’s how to make this versatile gizmo work for you.
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1. A classroom doorbell is so easy … and affordable
Wireless doorbells are so easy to use. You plug the receiver into an outlet, set the tune and volume, and away you go! Teachers especially love the SadoTech Model C as a classroom doorbell. The basic model is less than 20 bucks and has 52 different chimes to choose from. Plus, it comes in an array of colors.
Buy it: SadoTech Model C
2. It makes transitions a breeze
Changing from station to station, or transitioning from group work to quiet time, can involve a lot of shouting. Get students’ attention with your classroom doorbell and teach them to follow a routine when they hear it.
3. You can use different chimes for different activities
SadoTech’s multiple remote model comes with five (yes, five!) remotes in different bright colors. Program each to play a different chime and teach kids the correct responses when they hear them. (Can’t find this model in stock? Buy several doorbells in different colors, and set each to a different ring.)
Buy it: SadoTech Classroom Buzzer Set
4. They make awesome game buzzers too
Playing a game? Use the different remotes as game buzzers! Make sure each is programmed to a different tune, so you’ll know who rings in first.
Learn more: Time 4 Kindergarten
5. A classroom doorbell is good for getting the teacher’s attention too
What can we say? Sometimes learning is loud! Get a wireless classroom doorbell with two remotes and attach one outside your door for visitors. The SadoTech CX wireless doorbell comes with two remotes, and you can set each to ring a different chime.
Buy it: SadoTech CX Wireless Doorbell
6. It’s great for keeping conferences on schedule
This is a great way for parents to signal they are ready, without interrupting your conference entirely.
7. The remote is small and easy to carry with you
Once you fall in love with your classroom doorbell, you’ll always want the remote nearby. You could stick it in your pocket, but someone discovered that these little remotes fit perfectly into the jelly wraps meant for mini hand sanitizer bottles. Clip it to your lanyard, and you’re always set.
8. You can also attach the remote to your teacher ID
As always, Velcro is a teacher’s best friend. “So, I was not a fan of using the hand sanitizer holder for my wireless doorbell. It was too bulky for me and weighed down my lanyard. Instead, I thought to use Velcro! It’s less invasive and it stays secured to the back of my school ID!”
9. You can add a clothespin and clip it anywhere
This is so brilliant! Just be sure not to accidentally glue the battery compartment closed.
Learn more: Kindergarten Smorgasboard
10. A classroom doorbell lets you show off your teacher personality
With so many tunes to choose from (even this bargain model comes with 38 options), you can change up your chime to suit your mood. And the jelly wrap options available out there (check out dollar stores or everyone’s favorite bath and body chain) are so much fun!
Buy it: BO YING Wireless Doorbell
11. You can even buy custom doorbell remote cases
Want a little splurge that’s so much fun? Try a custom doorbell holder! You’ll find several Etsy sellers who specialize in them.
12. Students really get into the spirit of it
“My students came up with an idea … they told me that the student with the most Class Dojo points at the end of the week can pick the chime/music for the following week. What a great idea!”
13. It can help make special days even more special
Is it someone’s birthday today? Change the remote to play “Happy Birthday”! Or choose a special chime to indicate that it’s the day before winter break, or even just a Friday.
14. Subs will love your “magic quiet button”
Make substitute teacher life a little easier by letting them in on the secret.
15. It’s not just for elementary school
Seriously, a classroom doorbell is a real game changer. This is the year to try one!