My Supervisor suggested I start playing classical music during the times I want the students to work quietly on writing. I have an account at pandora so I didn't have to buy any music (www.pandora.com) and the kids were a little confused at first but really enjoyed listening to it. All year I've been fighting with them to do their work quietly--- the music, for some reason, kept them from getting loud and they worked much better with it playing. It is also very calming to the kids who figget a lot and even if they do want to dance or tap to the music, at least I see they're working on the assignment. I would highly recommend this if you have some quiet times for kids to think, write, or reflect upon something.