Here's another trick I am using with my 6th graders, who have the same
problem your kids have. It might work with younger kids, I don't
know. I start a paper chain at the ceiling for each class, right over
my desk. Every day they work quietly, they get a link. Every day
they get noisy, I take one off. When the chain gets all the way down
to my desk, we have "game day" where we either play art games (they
love them!) or dodgeball for one day. This works like a charm.
Becky in Charleston WV
On 12/30/05, marcia <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Hurray, I think I'm able to post messages again!
> My problem that I have been dealing with is that my
> elementary kids come into art class and think it is
> play time. They enter my room already really loud and
> I often make them go back into the hall and enter
> quietly. I usually can calm them down while I'm
> explaining the project, but when it comes time for
> them to independently work, they get really noisy.
> How do you keep your classes talking at an appropriate
> noise level. I've already tried playing soft music
> (they talk over the music), having them put their
> heads down for a couple minutes, silent time, and I've
> tried a "stoplight system", green for good job, yellow
> for warning, red for stop. It seems like the kids are
> always on warning or stopping with their heads down.
> They just don't get it! Marcia
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