How do you keep your students quiet while they work?

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  1. Nola

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    I find really difficult to keep them quiet when they work and sometimes the noise level gets higher and higher. It is my third year teacher and is not getting any better.

    Any advice, please?

    Many thanks!
     
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    czacza Multitudinous

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    It can be difficult. Consider rearranging the seating....
    I find soft music playing helps during reading and writing times....
     
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    Thank you! :) I will play music and change the seating plan! I hope it helps...
     
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    I have a noise level chart in my room. Check Pinterest for them, there are dozens of versions. We practice it all the time and refer to it as we work. It sets the expectations and let's them know what they have to do. In the past, as needed, I would have a music box that I would lift the lid on when the noise got out of hand. If they made it to Friday with music left, they earned a reward (usually 10 min of free time). I liked it because I had the power. I could rewind as needed, or at times, make sure they ran out. Be firm. Be consistent, and keep plugging away. You will get them trained! (Probably just in time to send them to the next grade. ;) )
     
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    Thanks!! :) now checking pinterest!!! :hugs:
     
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    Sometimes I play music (oldies) and it works for them. I couldn't concentrate like that, but apparently teenagers can. Other times I let them chit-chat while they do the work, if they seem to be off topic or get a little loud, I redirect them and it works. Other times after they chit-chat for 5 minutes they quiet down on their own and are silent.
     
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    Maybe music makes them calm! (hoping for that) Let´s try!! Thank you!!!!!
     
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    For some of my classes I've had to have an all-or-nothing policy. They were incapable of maintaining a reasonable volume so they weren't allowed to speak at all.

    I'm very brusque when I'm trying to keep a class from talking. As I'm describing the assignment I tell them how they'll be working and the noise level I expect. I remind them that "no talking" means none. That includes not asking a classmate for help, a pencil, etc. I tell them if they need to communicate with a peer they should communicate with me first. Then I walk around while they work and say "hush!" "quiet" and "no talking" a lot. Typically I allow such classes time to quietly chat towards the end of an assignment and they're pretty good about keeping it under control after a period of silence.
     
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    If I have a class that just can't handle quiet talking, they work in silence. Most of my classes (juniors) can handle being allowed to chat quietly. I do redirect them for off task talking if they aren't focused on their assignment. I will redirect them casually once or twice, and then I will say, "Name, this is your warning." They know that after that, they get a 15 minute lunch detention.
     
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    If they're working in groups, I'm circulating to check their progress, and that usually keeps the noise level manageable. If they're working independently, I stream an Amazon Prime playlist, either classical or New Age music. Sometimes I ask if they want music, and they usually do, though it's hardly what they usually listen to!
     
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    I just want to add that if they're doing extensive writing (essays) that take 1-2 days, or doing a project for a couple of days I put on music, but if they're to write an eleven sentence paragraph (which apparently can take up to 30 minutes lol) i just expect them to do in silence, which they do comply with.
    I don't overuse the music, so I think that's why they appreciate it. I also tell them that I take no requests or complaints, most of them like oldies, so that's what it is, other choice are my music, which they won't like lol or silence.
     
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    Honestly, if I want them working silently, then I give consequences to those who are talking (time-out, call parents, support call). But I don't always want them to work silently, sometimes I want them to work together. If you allow students to work together depending on your students, that can be opening up a can of worms volume wise so you have to have some way to help them monitor their volume.

    There are a lot of apps for your phone or tablet that are "sound level" meters. If I have problems with a class monitoring their volume, I open up the app and tell them that the noise level should not get above so-and-so decibels. If it does, the rest of the activity is silent.

    This year, I seem to have greater trouble getting my students to talk to each other than keeping them quiet though. Last year was a different story. Just depends on the kids.
     
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    Thank you all!! I am already working with your ideas!
     
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    Too Noisy app on my iPad. Cost $2.99 and well worth it. You set the acceptable noise level, you set how often they can earn a star. When they reach ten stars for quiet that is the goal. Works like a charm with sixth grade. You just have to decide the incentive for after the tenth star. I escort my students into the hallway one minute early and they LOVE that.

    Times have changed, I have found. Desks are in groups and it is practically impossible for quiet working to happen. I have privacy folders they can set up and they help too.
     
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