to Diane and interested parties-
Something that works great for me is "Silent Art" When the volume gets too
high, everyone loses their PRIVILEGE to talk. Sometimes it"s just for 5min.
to adjust volume and some days it needs to be done for the whole class time.
I have some classes where I've never needed "silent art" time and others where
it helped me keep my sanity. Kids get a lot more done and are better focused
if talking doesn't take over. Good-luck