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Old 08-23-2017, 03:37 AM
 
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OK So I need to know... what do you do to keep your class working quietly? I can get them quiet and it lasts about 2 min. before the noise gradually rises and I have to hush them again. I feel like I'm constantly asking them to quiet down and when I do that too much it starts to fall upon deaf ears. I'd appreciate any suggestions.


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What is your desk/table situation?

Would music help (it's on as long as they're quiet)?

Maybe a chart where they work on their quiet work stamina?
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How long is a reasonable expectation
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at this time of year (free of requirements all summer?) for your group of kids?

I found it useful to not start me pulling back to groups for a few weeks to the first month of school, but to monitor, encourage, reinforce, redirect, reteach students as they learned (again or for the first time) to work in centers or on whatever assignments they had at that time.

It was a bit of a pain and felt like I'd never get to the teaching part (reading groups or whatever), but proved worth it in the long run because I didn't have to keep interrupting group work to address problems in centers or Daily 5.
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Old 08-25-2017, 01:55 AM
 
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teacherpippi- We're expected to keep them seated in groups which makes it tough. I believe that some quiet, on-task talking is beneficial but they always creep up louder and louder on me. I like the idea of a stamina chart! broomrider- I am definitely pulling back on beginning small groups. It's so tough when you have parent who expect it right away. It's just impossible to do and still keep order with the little ones unless you get really lucky and have a super cooperative group!
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I make "private offices" for my kids from two colored file folders stapled together and then cut down so I can see what they are doing. They stand up on their work surface. Kids decorate with markers, keep folded in their work folder to easily pop open.
So whenever I say this job needs your private office, they know to be quieter.


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I second some soft music. They're not used to the quiet, and it actually makes them uncomfortable.
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Old 08-28-2017, 02:48 AM
 
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Thank you for the suggestions! I'll try the offices and soft music.
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If it gets too loud, I say "You have one noise warning" and will give a second noise warning. If it gets loud a third time there is no talking. Students who talk get a consequence.
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Definitely try Zones
Old 09-20-2017, 06:50 AM
 
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Put up a sign for Quiet or No Talking Zone when using the Offices.

Display a sign for Whispering or Ninja Warriors Zone when you allow quiet talking.

Display a sign for Inside Voices Zone for regular talking.

Hold up your Quiet of No Talking Zone sign (or put it on the SmartBoard/White board) while giving instructions.

Once they are on task display the Whispering/Ninja Zone sign if it's okay to whisper...or Quiet/No Talking if using Offices.

When they are doing the Daily Five Activities display the Inside Voices Zone sign.

Practice. Practice. Practice. They'll get it with practice and consistency.

When you go to the hallway, take your No Talking Zone sign with you, and when you are outside tell them "Now, you can use your outside voices..... go play!"

Kids watch other kids to see how far you will let them go. If you start now and stick to it, you will have the class you want (and the class the second grade teacher wants) soon.

And use Consequences... clip up or down in colors.. and mark on their folders to take home daily! At recess, have the students who consistently failed to follow the Zones, stand by you for 1 or 2 minutes, before being allowed to join others in playing.
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Old 09-20-2017, 03:14 PM
 
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Thank you! Those are lots of good suggestions! I love the idea of the visual of an actual sign that they can see go away when outside. Thanks!!!


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