It's not torture. The alternative would be to try to
talk over the noise to get their attention or to climb
onto the furniture which is unsafe.
"Yes, a whistle is used on the game playing field to
indicate a foul or
time out. It's an expected anticipation and part of
the game. But in
the classroom -- well I find it offensive."
Then if you were in my classroom you would learn to be
quiet when I wanted the attention of the class so you
would not have to hear it.
--- Patricia Knott <email@example.com> wrote:
> Darren writes:
> "Instead of jumping jacks and climbing on the
> to get their attention, I would recommend using a
> whistle like the coaches use. ..
> I've found that students hate it when I blow it
> because of the pitch and reverberation in the room,
> after blowing it once I usually just have to raise
> to my lips and the students will help get everyone
> quiet so they don't have to hear it. "
> Why do we resort to torture to get attention? Why
> do we use anything
> the students hate or Pavlovian dog kind of response?
> Is it not more productive and efficient to establish
> a routine and
> procedure that calls for student acceptance and
> responsibility for
> expected behavior?
> Establish a common agreement between yourself and
> the students as to
> how order will be established before you blow them
> out or off or
> whatever it is you do with the whistle. If I heard
> your whistle I'd
> act out instead of comply. Responding to discipline
> is just as
> connected to learning styles as learning is. If some
> of the dogs don't
> "heel"" then maybe you need to consider some
> Yes, a whistle is used on the game playing field to
> indicate a foul or
> time out. It's an expected anticipation and part of
> the game. But in
> the classroom -- well I find it offensive.
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