Do you find it difficult to quieten a class or group in order to gain their attention?
Have a look at the 5 ways to silence a noisy classroom, summarised from an article by Rob Plevin in TES.
Do something that your pupils are not expecting but without an immediate explanation.
“I’ll explain when you’ve stopped talking.”
2.Tasks in an envelope
Build up anticipation by handing them a sealed envelope with instructions and any needed resources.
“You can open it when you are quiet.”
Children quickly get used to recognizing a particular sound as a signal for a required action.
Shaking tambourine – “Story time, be quiet and sit down”
4.Anchors to silence a noisy classroom
Use a fixed mark on the floor, crazy hat or sound of a hand bell to mark the beginning of an announcement.
“Pens down and listen”
5.Use the ring leaders
Out of earshot, ask a popular student to help quieten the group for a particular activity.
“If Sally wants us to be quiet it must be good”
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