Do you have the kids be 100% silent if they're doing independent work? I'm not talking about a test, where obviously it would be silent- but maybe a math practice sheet or something. Or do you think it is okay for them to ask their neighbor something, give someone a pencil, etc. as long as they are on task and the general noise level is low? I'm kind of having a hard time with this in my classroom. I have almost all ELL students so we do a lot of "turn and talks" and partner work, but of course I need them to work independently sometimes so I can assess their individual ability. They're not being loud or off task at all, but the room isn't generally 100% silent and I'm wondering if I should be making sure it is. Many of them will turn to the person next to them and clarify something in spanish (I know spanish, so I know they're talking about the assignment) and I haven't caught anyone giving answers or copying or anything like that. Many of them also sort of murmur the words out loud when they're reading something. Thinking about next week when we're expected to start guided groups (meaning kids will be expected to be working on something while I'm working with other kids and not right there with them), I'm wondering if this is something I should really crack down on or thinking of "choosing your battles" if it's something I shouldn't worry about. Normally I wouldn't worry that much about it, knowing the students are on task, but my new P is ALL about behavior. She thinks the instruction is already high-quality and that if we can crack down on behaviors the test scores will go up. This is kind of stressful to me because instruction, differentation, etc. is really my strength- I'm not a behavior person at all. Other than one student who is on an IEP for severe behavior (so obviously she has issues) and I'm working closely with the sped team for, I don't really have any other behavior concerns.