Solution Sunday: Controlling Classroom Noise Levels
The Problem: Some days the classroom noise level goes from sounds of productive learning to cacophony in no time flat. Getting students to focus, grabbing their attention, and creating that atmosphere of learning is essential. You do not want to raise your voice or compete with the noise, students are not looking at you long enough to see your hand raised with the “quiet signal”, and while you thought that clapping would work, it just is not having the desired effect. So, what do you do? How do you capture students’ attention, lower the classroom’s noise level, and still encourage positive interactions? Never fear, Really Good Stuff Solutions is here!
The Solution: One of the easiest ways to refocus students is with a quiet, melodious sound. In fact, the Zenergy Chime Quintet is perfect not only for quieting down a classroom full of rambunctious ten year olds, it can also be played in a variety of different ways to make transition times smoother or give students a signal that it is time for a stretching or brain break.
Another out-of-the-box solution is the Deluxe Yacker Tracker. This traffic light inspired decibel measuring unit monitors the noise level in your classroom and can be mounted on the wall or stand upright on a table or desk. The “traffic” lights illuminate depending on the amount of noise in the classroom. You can even program it to play sounds or verbal warnings when the noise level gets too high. With the handy remote control, you can control it from across the room. Set goals with your students to keep it green all day long.
While classrooms with actively engaged learners do tend to be a bit more verbal, you can still set limits for noise levels. It is important for students to understand how their voice levels can detract from others’ ability to concentrate. Don’t be afraid to try something different and watch your students finally master the ideal classroom noise level.
How do you solve classroom noise level issues? Share your ideas below!
Solution Sunday Giveaway!
When you share your solution for the classroom noise level problem above, you’ll be automatically entered into the Solution Sunday Giveaway. All entries are due before 11:59pm EST on Sunday, February 3rd, 2013. They will be entered into a random drawing for a Zenergy Chime Quintet. One lucky winner will be contacted by email to claim their prize on or before Wednesday, February 6th. You must be at least 18 years old and a resident of the United States or Canada at the time of entry. Good luck!