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When you find the answer, let me know. I share an office with two instructional coaches and one hums. The only time I said something when I was taking an online test and she was distracting me. She doesn't know when she does it. You would think that would make me more understanding, lol.

Anyway, I would bet your kid doesn't even know he or she is doing it. They are not trying to be annoying (at least that's what I say to myself)!

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kahluablast 05-28-2018 06:21 AM

I am a hummer. I recently reposted a video of a memory of something my child did on facebook. She listened to it and replied that she was weirded out by the humming that can be heard over the roar of the water in the video. .

I often do it for hours before I become aware of it. Sometimes it turns into singing under my breath (and I don't know the words to anything, so I fill in the blanks). Once I become aware of it, I can drive myself crazy with it, but have a hard time actually stopping it.

Music helps mask it, but I have sympathy for those other hummers in the world. Sometimes in a store someone will say "My you must be really happy," and I look at them like they are crazy until I figure out they are really saying, "STOP THE HUMMING!"

It usually means for me that my mind is really full of stuff.

Loveandmercy 05-28-2018 05:05 AM

Hi
Thank you for your suggestions. I play music throughout the day. I have a number of instrumentals that we listen to and I also have dance parties as a brain break each day. Iím talking specifically during directed instruction.

I posted this awhile ago. I ended up allowing a hummer to perform at the end of the day (he writes lyrics and sings.). Now humming is greatly reduced
Thanks again!

Lakeside 05-27-2018 12:45 PM

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I almost always play music during quiet work time. Either instrumental or meditation type music. Some people don't like complete silence. I am o e of them. If I'm in a completely silent classroom it freaks me out. That's not normally a problem with 25 5th graders.
I'm with Claire on the music! I'm rarely comfortable in complete silence, and I think more and more kids feel the same way. We live in a noisy world, and silence is definitely becoming the exception rather than the default.

If you want to experiment, choose a soft background music you like better than the humming, and see if the student stops.

Or, if you're the opposite and really need silence, maybe let the kid try headphones while working?
Claire 05-27-2018 12:02 PM

I almost always play music during quiet work time. Either instrumental or meditation type music. Some people don't like complete silence. I am o e of them. If I'm in a completely silent classroom it freaks me out. That's not normally a problem with 25 5th graders.

love_luna 04-20-2018 11:36 AM

So, I also used to have a kid like this in class. One day for in-service, we talked about humming kids and how sometimes the only ones bothered and distracted by it is us. Some kids don't even notice it until we say something about it and bring it up. I do not know if it is something that he is choosing to do, or if its something that they aren't even aware that they are doing, but that is something to keep in mind!

Happy Friday!

TaffyFL 02-06-2018 02:34 PM

When you find the answer, let me know. I share an office with two instructional coaches and one hums. The only time I said something when I was taking an online test and she was distracting me. She doesn't know when she does it. You would think that would make me more understanding, lol.

Anyway, I would bet your kid doesn't even know he or she is doing it. They are not trying to be annoying (at least that's what I say to myself)!

Loveandmercy 02-06-2018 04:34 AM

HI,
I have a child who hums. I am at a loss for what to do. Have asked the child to stop. Have emailed Mom. I tap on desk discreetly to ask the child to knock it off. It gives me such a headache and interrupts instruction. ANy ideas? THANKS!




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