Two questions on this subject... 1. How important do you feel it is to have your classroom quiet? On a scale of 1-5, with one being silent and 5 being shouting, my class is often at about a 3 or 4 during free time. I have a big room and often have a very large group of kids (up to 20). If anyone is actually shouting or really loud, I ask them to quiet down, but with so many kids, anyone who is playing or getting excited at all is contributing to a noisy classroom. Other classrooms in the building at often at a 1 or 2 - the building is so quiet, you can't hear anyone in the hallway although doors are open, except for my kids. Sometimes others will come into the classroom and comment on the noise, but since my classroom has some major behavior issues, I tend to let loud voices slide. I'm more likely to go up next to them and start to play quietly with them, instead of scolding them for being loud, unless they are really out of hand. This usually helps keep them quiet without making them feel like they're in trouble, again. Other teachers in the building would probably make them go sit at a table, but half the time they won't go when I ask. Plus, some of them would be at that table all day if I enforced that strictly. 2. Do you have any tips for keeping noise level down with a large group of preschoolers? Special games or strategies you use? I have found that playing music helps keep my students calmer. Stickers motivate them too but I don't want to use them too often, for fear that they'll lose their charm.