One of the assignments on my alt. teaching course is about classroom rules, and if rules like 'Be Quiet' are truly necessary. I'm not as bothered by noisy students in my classroom as long as they are on task, and I'm not bothered by noise in nearby classrooms. However, I know teachers I've worked with in the past have been extremely bothered by even a small amount of next-door noise and kids in their classrooms pretty much had to whisper all of the time. One in particular I remember came over at least once a week to complain about 'all the noise', and our class wasn't really that noisy. Plus we had a playground right outside, and I really wasn't even sure it was our noise to begin with. What are your thoughts on the "Use quiet voices" rule, and how do you work that in your classrooms? Does local noise bother you a lot, or not really at all? Just to add, another question was about whether a 'keep your hands to yourself' rule was culturally appropriate, but at the elementary age, I can't see how you not have that rule and not have them punching and kicking one another.