In reading the article about controlling Noisy students in class they talk about how to control noisy kids per grade. I am going to do just that and split this up per grade because the techniques to control the noise in the class. Let us start with early elementary school. I have noticed in the times of being in early elementary classes when I was an out of classroom teacher I have realized that auditory techniques that are fun work really well to control the noise of a young elementary class. Behavioral techniques like a wind chime or rain stick they can hear that make a fun noise will get their attention and if taught at the beginning of the year will get their attention and make them quiet. This is where the teacher can give the next direction and have a smooth transition. Then I read the Pop a marshmallow technique which to me is an interesting technique to get them to focus and be quiet. My opinion with that is that if children are not looking at you or are occupied with an activity the teacher might have to pair that with an auditory to get the children to focus on the motions the teacher is doing with the marshmallow. Here is what the pop a marshmallow technique is. (in Cornerstone for Teachers, tells her students, “Pop a marshmallow in.” Next she puffs up her cheeks, and the kids follow suit. It’s hard to speak with an imaginary marshmallow filling your mouth). Another creative yet imaginative approach is called “Quiet Spray.”with lavender mineral oil which is a relaxing spray/scent. If you want to do a modern type of behavioral strategy a Traffic Light by ICT Magic, which is simply a stoplight for talkers. Other digital methods include the Super Sound Box, Class Dojo, or the Too Noisy App — an Apple and Android tool that determines noise level and produces an auditory signal when voices become too loud. Many different choices to choose from but what it all comes down to is consistency. Every teacher is going to have their favorite to use for their needs. This is just a list and description to help the teachers of the grades with some ideas that might work. Of course it all depends on the type of class one has, how the students might respond, and choice of the teachers. If you have any more you would like to add to the list that would be a great thing. the next blog we will discuss is how to control noisy kids, the middle elementary school edition.
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