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Noise level

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Sharon Henneborn (heneborn)
Thu, 03 Sep 1998 00:32:42 -0600


I discovered something, quite by accident, that reduces the noise level
in my room. The chairs and stools moving around on the tile floor were
responsible for much of the classroom noise. I collected tennis balls,
cut a slit in each one and made four soft shoes to slip on the four
legs of each stool or chair. I am certain that it has saved me from
early retirement. When the kids don't have to speak over the furniture
noise they are less likely to reach that volume level that hinders
productivity.

I can tolerate good productive noise but we all know the sound of a
class that is off task! Occasionally I have to evoke the 6in. voice
rule. With the little Tads (k-5) I say "1-2-3-Eyes on me!" Then
ONE!(pause) TWO! and they are usually attending by THREE! They soon
learn that it is to their advantage to stop and listen to what I have to
say. Then the busy buzz goes on. (Some teachers flash the lights off
and on as a signal to lower the volume.)

Thanks for all the suggestions for reducing the noise. We can always
use fresh ideas.


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