Quiet or silent in the hall?

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  1. trayums

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    My school is having a debate about whether or not quiet whispering is okay in the hall or not or if it needs to be silent. I tend to ere on the side of silence because once a first grader starts "whispering" and you eventually have 20 of them "whispering" it is no longer quiet. If we say silent we will probably get quiet! Our staff is completely split on this. What do you all think?
     
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    I say silent... it is a good habit in case others are testing, or if an emergency happens.
     
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    Silent! Silent is never silent! If you let them talk in the hall, it will get loud. There will always be the question how loud is too loud.
    Plus, you never know when there is a class taking a test or something. I hate when I hear classes walking by even if we are not testing.
     
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    I say silent too. So as to not disturb the other classrooms.
     
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    Silent! We have open concept and every noise is heard. Even saying silence gets you quiet whispering anyway.
     
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    Shhh!

    We have a school-wide rule. Voices Off! The P uses it during assemblies etc. Certainly in the hallways.
     
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    I really do agree with the silence but a bunch of teachers at the school don't. I am so interested in why they might think quiet would be better? Mostly it is the K teachers and 1 or 2 first grade teachers... excluding me. Strange!
     
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    Silent. I bothers me when my kids are working quietly and all of a sudden it sounds like there's a party in the halls. My P announces every morning please remember our hallways are quiet zones, but I wish she'd say no talking zones. My idea of quiet and another teacher's idea could be totally different.
     
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    Silence.
     
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    Silence.

    We do quiet on their arrival and departure from school.
     
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    It would be so wonderful if my school had a silent hallway policy. Our hallways are all outside but they are loud! My kids don't understand why I am always trying to get them quiet.
     
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    We have "silent" halls. They are never silent, except during testing...but pretty quiet.
     
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    My students are not allowed to talk in the hallways. It's a courtesy to the other classes because I know that when noisy classes walk by my room, they are very disruptive.
     
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    Maybe it is a management issue with them?

    I like silence--it is respectful to those classes that you pass, and I think it is one way to help teach respect.
     
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    It seems in my school that K-2 teachers spend SO MUCH time on hallway behavior then it goes out the window if they are walking with a para at lunch or even in the upper grades with some teachers...:eek:
     
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    Silence...many teachers teach with their doors open and it would be disruptive if they were whispering. In addition, quiet usually isn't.
     
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    Silence. I think this is a good general rule. Whispering in the hall is often much louder than it seems. Also during big testing it is helpful for students who are stressed not to have to deal with noices in the hall.
     
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