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Best of Works 4 Me: Noise Control

These teaching tips and strategies will help you establish and maintain a peaceful, respectful, and productive classroom.

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Works4Me is a free biweekly e-newsletter, showcasing practical classroom tips written by the readers themselves. For more than 10 years we have been gathering great ideas from the real experts, educators like you.

Here are some of the best noise control teaching tips we've gathered over the years to help you create a peaceful and respectful learning space.

Get Their Attention

Clapping for Attention
A noisy classroom is so hard to quiet down, but Mr. Peck's idea might give you a reason to clap your hands.

Ding Dong Silence
When the doorbell rings in Ms. Graves' classroom, her students know just what to do. Read more about her unique noise control tip and why it works for her every time she needs it.

Echo Me, Please
Getting large groups of distracted or socializing students to pay attention to what you are announcing can be a daunting task. This tip may help.

Getting Students' Attention
Having trouble getting your students to settle down? Ms. White's tip may be music to your - and your students' - ears!

Quieting an Out-of-Control Class

Stop and Listen
When your class is loud and out of control, Mr. England wants you to try this tip. Students learn to become astute listeners, and you can continue your lesson in a quiet classroom.

Taking Off Quietly
Here's an interesting tip that puts you in the cockpit and your students as passengers in the cabin. Read about this airlplane metaphor for classroom management to see if it can calm your class in times of turbulence.

Talkative Class
If your class as a whole talks too much, here is some great advice that's worked well for this veteran educator. Learn the different ways Ms. Ortiz gets her class quieted down and back on task.

Lunch Time

Cafeteria Music
Did you ever wish that the noise level in the student cafeteria was lower? Ms. Panelli's tip could be music to your ears!

Line Signs
When it's time to line up, things can get chaotic in the classroom - especially at lunch time. Here's a unique tip from Ms. Williamson that works for her to reduce the amount of time it takes for the class to form a quiet line-up 

Rewards and Corrections

Distraction Tickets
Instead of punishing those who instigate trouble or misbehave, Ms. Mariano rewards the students who ignore these negative distractions.

Quiet Points
When Ms. Allen's students have a hard time staying quiet, she uses a "point" strategy. Read about her tip and how it motivates students to obey her class quiet rule.

Secret Student Behavior
Tricky, but effective! Ms. Hughes tells her class that she will be watching a certain student without naming that student. Quiet behavior gets a reward and since no one knows who's being watched, everyone usually works quietly.

Silent Praise
Ms. Aaycock encourages positive praise without a lot of noise. Read about how her entire class recognizes their fellow students for doing something great. Even parents love this!

When the Problem is Just One Student

Dealing With Chatterboxes and Clowns
By now you surely know: dealing with the class clown is anything BUT funny. These tips will help you take control of your class while helping your clowns understand appropriate ways, times, and places to use their gift of humor.

Disruptive Students
Don't let that disruptive student make you want to alienate him or her. It could be a connection with you that makes a difference. Read about this educator's experience and see if her idea can work for you.

Teacher Empathy
Here's a noise control tip that works for Ms. Helm and get the problem student to understand right away why respect and good behavior are important.


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