Student Contributor: N. Cabiad
At the beginning of the year, with your class you will discuss the issue of noise level in your classroom. During this conversation, you will explain to students that there needs to be noise levels set in place in order to control the volume in your class. The students can help you come up with the level names, but these levels will be referred to before lessons, work time and group work.
This tool is used to control the noise level in the classroom. Teachers establish at the beginning of the year what each of the four levels means: 0 means that our voices are off and we are listening because this is silent mode. 1 means that only one of the students’ fellow peers can hear what they are saying, this is our whisper mode. 2 means that the table groups are able to talk at a level that only their table groups can hear, this is our low level phase. When students move into group, partner, or individual work, you can refer back to this chart on your wall to set the expectation for the students.
This tool is in the preventative phase because it sets the standard for the students before the behavior or disruption has begun. In order to prevent behaviors and disruptions from happening, we set this expectation for noise level so that the students know how loud they should be using their voices. This is preventative because there are students that will need the room to be at a certain level in order to work. Along with this, us as teachers need to control the volume for the sake of other classrooms and our own selves. Along with this, this tool is collaborative because we get the students’ input when putting them in place at the beginning of the year, but it is something we teachers orchestrate and want in place.
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