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Re: noisy classes

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RWFiske (RWFiske)
Wed, 11 Mar 1998 19:40:37 EST

Hi Guys--

In each of my middle school classes, on the first class day, we draw names for
jobs for the session and one of the jobs is the timekeeper--"a very powerful
position"--then, in addition to letting us know when it is time to clean up
five minutes (or whatever) before the bell rings, he or she is empowered to
time five minutes of silent work if the class becomes too agitated/noisey/
distracted during class time. It is magical. I simply say, "You know it,
seems we need a little quiet time. (Timekeeper--fill in the name) would you
please time five minutes of silent work? At the end of that time, let us know
if it has been quiet enough to talk again" They take this very
seriously--probably because it is a peer doing the timing and judging! Good

Kathy Fiske