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Re:[teacherartexchange] rowdy middle school kids


Date: Sun Aug 21 2005 - 07:27:06 PDT

One thing that's worked for me with a noisy (I call them my socializing
class) class is to call for "silent time" or "quiet time." During quiet time
they may whisper. One student gets to be the timekeeper. I start out with 2
minutes to practice but now we are up to 5 minutes. The kids really
appreciate this time and it quiets the whole group down even after silent time is
over. My subs love this too because many aren't used to classes that talk. So
many kids like quiet time that everyone seems to be respectful of it. Plus,
they know it's only for a short time. It works especially well after lunch
when 7th graders come in pretty hyper, or for my second classes which come in
after P.E. Each grade, 6th, 7th and 8th, have one class of PE and then one of
art or technology. I have a list of students who volunteer to be timekeepers
because everyone wants to do it. The rule for the class is that only the
timekeeper can let us know when time is up, and if the timekeeper feels we need a
little more time then he or she can add a minute. I add a minute if there
is someone who just can't get quiet. Genie Holt

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