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Reply-To: "The Austin's" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <email@example.com>
Subject: RE: Noise in elem classroom
Date: 08 Nov 2000 22:00:17 -0800
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I do something similar - only I write ART on the board. Then I start erasing letters. I tell them that if there is no art on the board there can be no art in the classroom. If that happens we clean up and "practice" being quiet during their remaining art time. In 7 years I've only had that happen once!
On another note, since I am the K-2 librarian in addition to being the K-12 art teacher I have gone to several workshops on reading. If students read/are read to a minimum of 1 hour per day studies show their scores raise an average of 7% across the curriculum! I recently finished a unit on the Statue of Liberty with my middle school students. As they were working I started reading bits and pieces out of the "Liberty" book - just trivia that I thought was interesting. As they learned more about the statue their motivation grew and their artworks started improving. I strongly believe that reading can not only quiet the classroom noise level but helps their artwork as well. I try to relate the reading material to whatever we're working on - but sometimes just a fun book works as well.
I got this idea from this list so thank you to whoever thought of it:
> I write the word "NOISE" on the board. As the noise level gets louder I
> start erasing letters starting with the letter E.....they get three
> chances...when the "E S and I" are gone there are only the letters "NO"
> left----and I tell them there is NO more talking during class. Usually just
> writing the NOISE sign gets them thinking about the noise level and they
> start "shushing" each other when it gets too loud.