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Top 10 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

Particularly toward the end of term, there comes a time when every teacher eventually has to deal with a noisy and unruly classroom. Noise impacts a student’s ability to learn and damages motivation, and how teachers react to their students being noisy often sets the tone for the relationship between students and teachers inside the classroom. Before trying to figure out ways of asserting authority or reward/punishment solutions, consider first why students are being loud and how you can address the impulses behind this activity.

 

Here are the top ten techniques that other teachers use to manage a noisy class, applicable from pre-schoolers to high-schoolers.


1.     Get Your Students Involved

 

Trying to take control of a class without procuring the cooperation of students is prone to failure. By soliciting their opinions and suggestions about how to manage noise in the classroom, they may better recognise when their volume levels are reaching unacceptable levels and what is expected from them.

 

2.     Teach Students to Handle their Noise Levels

 

When planning group activities, make sure you also teach students how to control noise levels within their groups. Have them figure out how loud their combined voices carry over distances, in meters or arm-lengths. A voice suitable for one arm (or foot) is good for working in pairs, while a speaking level suitable for working in groups shouldn’t disturb others past two arms or three feet. Now, when you give directions for their group activity, you can instruct students about the appropriate noise level.

 

 3.     Be a Role Model

 

Students will look to you as an example of what is acceptable behaviour. If you shout in response to noise, students see this as tacit permission to be loud. This training them that being noisy is the only way to be heard over the noise of others, rather than regulate their own noise levels. If you only speak loud enough to be heard by those who are paying attention, students will often follow along rather than miss out on the information they need. Remember that children are hypersensitive towards hypocrisy.

 

4.     Decide Early How Much Noise is Acceptable

 

While noise levels by necessity must be arbitrary and depends upon the number of students, classroom environment, types of activity - it’s important to set for yourself the amount of noise that is acceptable. Your students should come to appreciate that you’re not shutting down their right to express themselves, but only when it is disruptive.

 

5.     Be Consistent

 

It’s important to consistently enforce acceptable noise levels in the classroom. Even if students are getting too enthusiastic about the lesson, remind them about undesirable volume limits. Stick to the boundaries you have set to help students remember when it’s appropriate to manage their own noise level.

 

6.     To Be Mindful of Others

 

Remind students that noise causes discomfort to other people. There are others working around them and that you need to hear from students that are paying attention. Remind them that good students are those who are mindful of others. The golden rule is important for getting anywhere in life.

 

7.     Be Confident in Your Own Authority

 

Remember that if you do not feel you deserve the respect of your students, you may not really expect to find as much compliance as you would want. You’re the Boss of the class, and your instructions are always given with a goof reason. A teacher must first be a leader, and how your present yourself determines the level of positive response you receive.


8.     You Set the Atmosphere


Remember that if you’re not showing any energy towards the lesson, students are also less likely to focus on what you’re saying. When you’re lively and excited about what you’re saying, your enthusiasm will spread through the room.


9.  Examine Underlying Factors

 

At the end of it, it is the teacher’s responsibility to manage the classroom. Monitor yourself if you’re making excuses for mismanaging a misbehaving classroom. If things aren’t going well in the lessons, it may be because of your policies on misbehaviour. Being noisy may be a symptom of a deeper learning problem, at school or perhaps at home. A teacher can only do so much by creating a warm and inclusive environment for learning, but sometimes things need a more personal approach.

 

10. Reward Students Who Show Good Behaviour


Praise and give incentives to students who are quiet and attentive though the lesson. Allow them to leave earlier, or in the case of younger students allow them more time with  books and toys. Those who are talking too loud may be told to stay back for a couple of minutes after the class end. There is no need to call attention to it, soon enough the message that good behaviour earns rewards will sink in.

 

Good luck with the rest of term! 

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"If you were to take a glance around a classroom in which no smartphone policy has been set, it would be easy to conclude that texting at school is nothing but a distraction. Just look at all of those bent heads and rapidly moving thumbs! Take a look at the caliber of those texts — “wat r u doing l8er” — and it would also be easy to assume texting will one day bring about the end of literacy and analytical thought, if it hasn’t already."


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Hello wonderful teachers! 


This is a very special note to you all, to let you know that the new Reaching Teachers site is now live! Over the past few months we have been working very hard behind the scenes on this new layout, that makes it much easier for you to access resources online, and to become a contributing teacher on the Reaching Teachers site. We’ve got limited places left for our 3 step contributor course, that will get your resource store up, running, and marketing optimised in no time! It’s been so popular we only have a few spots left, so secure place now by clicking on this link.

 

For those looking for teacher resources..


For you teachers searching for teacher resources you can download to use in your classrooms, we have an all-new and improved search functionality that you will see at the top right of every screen. Just type in a keyword for what year you are searching for, or what kind of resource, and all the appropriate teacher resources will pop up. There are no more long purchase forms either – just one click for Facebook login, enter your essential details, and click to download – it’s that easy!

 

For those looking to earn some extra cash..


As a teacher myself, I know we are overworked and underpaid, with many of us tutoring on the side to earn extra income. Now we have a new and improved contributor dashboard, which allows single sign on, and an easy to use central area to upload and sell your products.

We’re launching a 3 step course on how to become a top contributor very soon, which you can sign up for here: http://www.reachingteachers.com.au/reachingteacher3stepcourse

 

In this course you’ll learn how to:

 

Make your store beautifulHow to share relevant resources with friendsHow to sell from PinterestHow to optimise your store so that take advantage of our marketing budget

And much much more!

 

As with any new site we are still ironing out a few crinkles, so if you spot anything that you think should be improved, please email us at contact@reachingteachers.com.au.

 

Enjoy the new site, and happy teaching!

 

Emily, Ken, and the team at Reaching Teachers.

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Gerald Carey's curator insight, October 23, 2014 2:40 AM

Gardner exquisitely and substantially cuts to pieces the concept of 'learning styles'. He describes teaching students whilst taking into account their learning styles as "without evidence' and 'not coherent'.

He also makes three suggestions to teachers. I'll let you read the article to find out.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, July 6, 2015 2:12 AM

Gardner sets the record straight :)

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Amy Dooley's curator insight, December 5, 2014 11:35 AM

Thinking about trying this for some of the Audio Recording modules. 

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Exploring the flipped classroom for implementation in my own classroom next year.  

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What a neat idea to use photography to teach ELLs.  What student/child doesn't like taking pictures?

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Imagine how excited and engaged students will be when they get to analyze an image/photo rather than the usual reading passage!
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"Do you use the four levels of learning analytics to drive change and learning in your classroom? Do you do it with technology or without?"

 

How can you apply what was learned toward a 21st Century teaching and learning environment?

 

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