Teachers know the struggle of trying to quiet down a rowdy classroom. Especially when children are just not ready to listen! Instead of yelling at your students, we have collected 8 tips for you to help you keep your kids calm and quiet during classroom activities.
- Set A Timer
Set up a timer where your students can see. Explain to them that once the timer reaches 0, you want absolute silence in the classroom. You can also offer a reward system at the end of the week if the class quiets down before the timer stops.
- Thank Students That Are Quiet Already
Pick a student or students that are already being quiet. Thank them out loud and gain the attention of the other students. They are more likely to realise their mistake and follow suit of the quieter students.
- Encourage Mini-Breaks
A lot of students have too much energy that they just need to let out sometimes. Hence, the noise. Have quick 2 minute breaks once in a while for your students to stand up and stretch.
- Count Backwards From 10
This is similar to the timer option but it has a bit more authority behind it. Don’t tell your students why you are counting, just start counting down and watch them fall into silence.
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- Make it A Point System
Create a fun game that includes a point system. All the students who are quiet when told receive points. The ones who do not, get points taken away. At the end of the week, you can hand out little chocolates to those who have 10 points and 2 chocolates for 20 points etc.
- Turn The Lights Off
It is well known that students happen to love it when the lights suddenly get turned off. They pause and look around. Use this time to get them to understand that they have to be silent and class can resume again.
Use the good old clapping system! Clap twice, loudly, so your students can hear you. They must clap back 3 times to show that they have heard you and understand that they must quiet down.
If all else fails, raise your voice! Don’t go on a shouting rant or anything, just raise your voice and show your students that you have had enough of the noise and you want them to be quiet.
Any of these tips helpful? If you use them in your classroom, let us know. We would love the feedback!