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Lesson Plans

Re: talk quiet

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ricki fromkin (fromkinr)
Mon, 25 Oct 1999 16:35:00 -0400

Donald Peters wrote:
> If you talk in a quiet voice, they
> >will be quiet to hear you.
> 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.
> Pat
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Speaking of ideas of getting your students to listen and pay
attention...any suggestions on getting HS kids to be quiet. Flipping
the light on and off helps, but was wondering what else some of you
might be doing.