Re: Classroom management tips - elementary/middleCheck it out - Sax page 21 item number #312 - 8212 - sells for only $38.95. I was only elementary in my district for one year - otherwise I may have invested in one of these just for the fun of it. The cafeteria had a real stop light that they used for noise control (I think the monitors triggered the lights - not real sure how they did it.) I made a big paper traffic light for my room (laminated - actually had it already made from something we did at the middle school) and had a yellow circle - Be careful!, a Green one - Let's go!, and a red one - Stop talking! I had it up on one of the magnetic chalkboards. My modular had plenty of chalk boards but lacked bulletin boards (just had two tiny ones). The stop light was low enough that even the 2nd graders could reach it if I wasn't near. All I would have to do is call out "Yellow light" - and a kid would jump up and change it for me. Usually yellow light worked and we never had to have a red light. Green lights didn't always get put back up since the wee ones couldn't reach that. I had to put the green light up for second grade - but they were at least told green light after we had a few moments of silence. Yellow light was also a signal that I had something to say sometimes (other times, I'd forget and fall back on my "Class" routine - old habit).
Just helping you out Judy Nagel... I know you would have come forward with the info. We have had LOTS post success with the Yacker Tracker over the years.
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From: Pam Smith
Subject: Re: Classroom management tips - elementary/middle
Sax has a stop light for noise level. Looks interesting. Has anyone ever used it? You set it to whatever decibel level you want and when the noise level starts to increase the yellow light flashes, too loud and the red one flashes. You would need some reward/consequences to back up the lights but it might work.
Received from DHJones3@aol.com, 8/17/03 2:58 AM
The best one that I've used from this list is the NOISE sign. If I say noise level 1, 2 and 3, I take the E. If I have to say noise level and they get quiet I don't take the letter. When I, S, and E are gone, we have no art. Projects and supplies are take up and they put their heads down until the teacher comes. I used this last year and my daughter used it for music. I didn't take the I down all. They don't want to lose art. Thanks to this list...it works. ---