I was reading a post at ProTeacher that is going to help me to develop my line this year as quieter and more respectful. http://www.proteacher.net/discussions/showthread.php?t=266639 Here is a summary of what I found there that will help me out: If you want silence, then you must teach them what you mean by silence. Silence means no sound, the lack of any sound, no whispering, no murmuring, no clapping, no snapping, no shuffling, just complete and utter verbal and physical silence except for the quiet tread of feet, etc. How long does it take to walk to the next destination? Mystery Student The students don't know who it is. If that person walks quietly wherever we are going, he/she earns some little thing for the whole class. It might be 5 minutes of recess, a no homework pass for one assignment, a point on the scoreboard (power teaching thing), their choice for a brain break activity, etc. The thing is that each student knows it could be them earning or not earning the reward, so they all behave. When we are in other halls away from classrooms, they must be quiet, which means nothing beyond whispers. If you beat my goal of ____ seconds to line up quietly, you earn 1 extra minute of ____. If they line up too noisily, they know they must sit back down before trying again. If they're too noisy in the hall, they must stop. When we pass by classrooms, they are to be silent. If we're just waiting to go through the lunch line or into a specials class, they are allowed to whisper talk. They know if they do well, they could earn a "brownie point". If they mess up, they know they may have to spend a few minutes of their recess time on the wall. Basically, we start with "hands, feet, and mouths". My students have to walk with their hands behind their backs or in their pockets during the wintertime. Their mouths are to stay closed of course. They are to pick up their feet when they walk too. For some reason, they just love to drag their feet when they walk everywhere. We have to walk through breezeways from the back of the school to get pretty much anywhere on our campus. Voices and the dragging feet echo very easily, so I talk to them about the importance of not disrupting all the little guys. I model this and we do it from the first moment we leave our classroom on the first day. I have a line monitor (I call them the Manager). The manager walks alongside the line with a clipboard and marks a student down if the student is talking, or wiggling around, etc. It usually takes my kids up to two weeks to get this. Then, the rest of the year, it's like a cakewalk. Every so often, I have a student who has to be constantly reminded to put his/her hands behind his/her back. But most of the time, the other students give them reminders without me saying a word. I have thought that I need to differentiate a "quiet" vs. a "silent" line this year. I want my students to be silent, not just quiet, when walking past classrooms. My lines are never loud, but now I desire to specifically model what silent is in comparison. When I am teaching and a very loud class walks past my classroom, it is very disruptive and I bet teachers know that, but I never want to be in that position.