Half of your battle as a teacher is getting your kids into “study mode” and capturing their attention long enough and well enough for them not to need to go wild. When you teach a full class, particularly kids, a lot of your job as a teacher is simply crowd control. The quicker and more effectively you control and calm the class, the more time you will have to do what you actually signed up to do – teach.
- Control Noise from The Get-Go.
A lot of times kids enter the classroom already wired from the fun they were having with their friends in between periods or break time. Make it very clear that the classroom is a place to learn; all goofing off should take place elsewhere. Take 15 minutes during one class period to teach your kids the “correct” way to enter the classroom. Once you’ve set this standard, don’t get lax on it otherwise the kids won’t take any of your rules seriously.
- Signal Your Students to Get Quiet.
Reacting to noise with noise rarely works, so don’t shout in order to get your loud students to quiet down. Make a signal so that your students become aware of the fact that the classroom has become too loud, and they need to quiet down.
Reacting to noise with noise rarely works, so don’t shout in order to get your loud students to quiet down.
- Take Away Privileges.
Let your students know that every behavior has a consequence. Let the class know that if they keep being loud you’ll take away game time, story hour, or whatever other activity they really enjoy. If only one or two individuals are acting out, keep them for five minutes after class. Your students will learn that if they don’t do what is expected of them, there will be a consequence and this will be enough to motivate your class to be quiet.
- Offer Incentives.
If you have an incentive program in your classroom, such as collecting beads on a rope or stickers on the wall for good behavior and work completed, make use of it to keep the class under control. It works best with an incentive that can be given or taken back, such as beads. At the end of each day you can assign extra homework and students can exchange beads to get out of the assignment, which means kids who messed around during class will have extra homework that night. Trust us, most kids would rather be quiet in class then get more homework at night!
- Find the source.
Usually there are one or two kids who instigate loudness in class. It is like a chain reaction and these kids are the ones who get everyone else riled up and talkative. If you can identify one or two students who really like to get everyone worked up you can try to find an appropriate solution.
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