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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.