A Strategy & A Snack: Warning Signal and Homemade Garlic Hummus!

Hi all!

Incase you didn’t catch this last week, I’ve decided to host my own little linky on Saturdays!

For this linky, just write up a quickie post about one of your favorite classroom strategies and share about a favorite snack you like to make! With football season approaching, I need some new ideas for tailgating grub!

Strategy: Warning Signal

At the beginning of the school year, introduce a warning signal to your students and practice it often. During any kind of activity that isn’t direct instruction and the students are working together or independently, I like to give a 5 minute warning signal, then a 1 minute warning signal, and then a final signal to alert the students that the time is up. In the beginning of the year, hold discussions about what students should do during the first signal, then the second, and then model what they should look like on the final signal (i.e. work put away, lips zipped, ears listening, eyes on teacher).

I personally like to use wind chimes because they are easy, soothing, and accessible! You do also do a certain song or alarm on your phone, but sometimes that can require more effort than necessary. Get creative with it and tie it into your classroom theme!!

This is a great, effective classroom management tool that will help you transition smoothly to the next activity.

Snack: Homemade Garlic Hummus

I love hummus!
This recipe is my go to for a late night snack when I craving some dip!

1 can chick peas (drained and rinsed)
extra virgin olive oil
ground cumin 1-2 tablespoons
1 lemon (juiced)
3 cloves garlic (chopped)
sea salt and pepper to taste

In a food processor, combine all the ingredients and hit go!
Add enough oil to cover half of the chick peas in the processor.
I just add some salt n pepper at the beginning, and then continue to add as needed.
It’s deliciously garlicky – be prepared for bad breath but a happy tummy!
Serve with dippables such as cucumbers, carrots, or crackers!

Do you know any other yummy hummus recipes?

I have edamame hummus and roasted red pepper on my to do recipes list!



  1. Jennifer Smith-Sloane on July 20, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Oh my heavens, that looks SO yummy! Great tip on the signal as well.

  2. Beth Tabler on July 22, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I have an iPod on a docking station in my classroom, so I create alarms at the beginning of the year for all of our major transition times (circle time, music, recess, etc.) and just go through each morning and turn the alarms on. I've used this system for 2 years and it's worked great. If we're not ready to transition when the timer goes off, we just snooze it for 10 minutes.

    Your hummus recipe looks delicious!


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