On 11/08/16, Omar wrote:
> On 11/08/16, Farisha wrote:
>> Hello fellow teachers,
>> My name is Farisha and I am currently in my third year of
>> teacher Year 2 at an independent school in Sydney. I am
>> always trying to find new strategies to implement in my
>> One issue that I have been struggling with is the noise
>> level in my classroom.
>> I try to always find ways to use their chattiness to my
>> advantage - lots of group work, turn and talks, debates,
>> presentations, ect.
>> I find that seating arrangements work well with my class as
>> there are only a few really chatty ones... but they always
>> manage to find someone new to chat with.
>> What are some different strategies you use in your
>> classroom to keep your children engaged and the noise level
> Hi Farisha,
> I can relate to the issue your having with your class.
> The strategies I use in my class is something called a class
> sound meter. I find that it builds the students awareness of
> appropriate volume, ranging from silence to too loud.
> Alternatively, I use a colourful poster that have the levels
> of noise which is ideal for controlling the amount of
> conversation that my students should be having, depending on
> what type of activity they are doing.
> I hope this helps!
Thanks Omar for sharing your strategy.
I find that getting my class to settle down, and addressing
constant low-level disruption, is part and parcel of delivering
a successful lesson.
I have used the traffic light system before and I also find
that it's great in making your expectations clear to the whole
The other thing I think is important to remember is to ask
yourself if they are chatty, but engaged. As teachers, we often
associate quiet with students who are engaged and this is often
not the case.
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