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:) Laura Allan
In a message dated 98-02-19 22:47:24 EST, you write:
<< 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 >>