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Re: Noise Level and Regaining Control


From: The Austin's (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Feb 07 2002 - 20:22:12 PST

Oh Good One! I could see doing this at the intermediate level. In the
primary classes I say "1,2,3 Eyes on Me" and they get to reply "1,2 Eyes on
You". They like to say it REALLY loud, but it gets their attention quick and
they have to be quick or they don't get to say it cause it's so short.
Intermediate classes I write ART on the board and erase the letters quietly.
When there is no ART on the board there can be no art in the classroom. We
clean up and sit the rest of the time with our heads on our desks
"practicing" being quiet. I've done this twice in 8 years. Middle school and
high school I just stand at the front of the room and glare at them. They
monitor themselves well, and will shush their noisy classmates.

> I do this silly thing with my elementary kids (K through 5). I've
> trained them so that when they see me put my finger to my lips, they
> like a statue in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." The first one to see me
> signal makes the craziest statue possible so that the student next to them
> sees it and immediately freezes too. Within a minute, the whole room is
> quiet and I can talk, pass on directions, ask for a more reasonable noise
> level, etc. The rule is that they can't "unfreeze" until I say so. Just
> don't forget to tell them to unfreeze! Hope this helps.

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