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I don't know where or who you teach, but if you are working with
minority/poverty students, this approach WILL NOT WORK. Trust me.
Students with the above background, it is not unusual for 3 or 4 families to
be sharing a trailer/house/apartment/etc. With each family usually being
anywhere from 5 to 15 family members...
well you get the idea.
The students get used to a high volume level at home and having to yell to
get attention. This becomes the norm for them and they carry it to school.
If you are quiet, they interpret that as you are turned off, and they go
wild. In this kind of environment, you need to talk aggressively to get and
keep the students attention. This is not yelling at them, but letting them
know you are in charge (think of yourself as a carnival barker) You need to
keep talking to them at all times to keep their noise level down.
Just keep in mind that not all approaches work in all situations. You need
to keep a wide repertoire.
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