I too have struggled with noise issues in the classroom. A big insight for
me came last week during a sort of "art camp" for the core leadership group of
Colorado Art Educators Association. We had classes and lectures as well as
artmaking sessions. During the artmaking sessions I noticed what it was like
to be put in the position of the student and I observed those around me in
the process of artmaking. We were a noisy (but productive) group. Making art
is often not a quiet process.
I would also like to recommend reading Harry Wong's book The First Days of
School: How to Be an Effective Teacher. He recommends the use of procedures in
the classroom. My students have come to know the procedures and can almost
run class themselves. I really believe that not only have procedures helped
me to be a better teacher, but they also have helped with excessive noise
levels. Consistency is key.
Jill in Colorado