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Try talking with voice changes. I act really silly sometimes to keep their
attention. I move around ALOT and fast as I talk. It works sometimes but
takes a great deal of energy. The kids think I'm really crazy sometimes. I've
worn masks, stood on my head, stood on the table, stood on a stool, skipped,
danced, etc... All while teaching!!!! No I don't always do this but hey
learning can be entertainment!
Diane L. wrote:
> Dear Bunki, I'm a first year teacher, elementary level and have very noisy
> students. They also produce exceptionally great art! Maybe there is a
> connection. I'm just afraid that I'll have to wear a hearing aid soon, the
> noise is bad enough to break my ear drums. Fortunately my administrators
> are supportive. Bad words and fights would not be tolerated, fortunately
> again, I haven't had that type of problem. I'm at the point where I tell
> them I need at least 5 min to explain the project. We compromise, I get 4
> & 1/2 min. (I've learned to talk fast). I've tried the light switch trick,
> it doesn't work. I've tried the peace sign hand signal, it doesn't work.
> I carry a sign in my apron saying listen quietly please. When I'm
> desperate I hold it up 5 inches from the face of the loudest interruptor
> when I'm explaining the lesson. The novelty of this approach is I think
> the reason why the students stop talking for a few moments at least. On the
> otherhand maybe there is something here for the psychologists to theorize
> about. Anyway, we're making art, having fun and learning skills.
> sincerely, Diane