Help! Keeping work time quiet I am a preschool Montessori Teacher's Assistant. It is, therefore, my job to keep the classroom quiet and under control so that the lead teacher can give individual lessons. I don't like to make whole-class announcements, such as, "1, 2, 3, eyes on me. Boys and girls, it is too loud in here. We need to use our whispering voices." I feel that this is contrary to Montessori method because it disrupts the whole class, some of whom were working very quietly and concentrating. I try to just talk to the ones who are being noisy, but sometimes neither way works very well. Some days I feel like all I say is, "Shhhh!" So, I'm asking for suggestions on how to keep the classroom environment quiet so that the students can concentrate and not be interrupted while they are working. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.