Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Classroom Management-Volume Control

Have you ever had one of those days where the kids were super excited and super loud? Have you ever wished teachers had a magic mute button? Since that doesn't exist I thought I would join the linky party that Miss Kindergarten is hosting on volume control. Check it out here. I am excited to hear all the great ideas other teachers are sharing and wanted to share a few of mine too.

I do a few things that help with volume control in my classroom. One of those is that we play Behavior Bingo. Any adult in my room can give points and I also give points for compliments given outside of the room. I will give points for things like cleaning up quickly, kind behavior, noise level, and being on task. It is a whole group system. I keep track of the points earned by making tally marks on the board. During calendar time we draw one number for each tally mark and cover that space on our Behavior Bingo Board. When the class covers a row in any direction we earn a prize. It can be things like a pizza party, extra recess, no homework, treasure box, popcorn, or pretty much anything you want to give. I change up the prizes each time, but that's just me.

Here is a freebie Behavior Bingo Board or you can just use any 100s chart. You can make the chips to draw by printing it twice, cutting the number squares out, and putting them in a box or bag. If you laminate the sheet, you can simply use an Expo marker to mark the spaces & erase it once the prize is earned.

 Click the picture to download the board.

Another tool I use, which most of you have probably heard of, is the game Quiet Mouse. We play this game whenever we are waiting somewhere and need to be silent. I pick the quietest student who is doing everything I expect them to be doing and designate this student as the quiet mouse. He or she then gets out of line and looks for the next person who is doing an awesome job and points to them. Then that student becomes the quiet mouse. The game goes on like that until we no longer need to wait. I am not sure why the kids love this game, but they do!

One last thing I do has to do with walking in the hall. Whenever we are walking in the hall and talking starts up I will have the class sit against the wall. I wait until everyone is sitting and completely silent. We then practice silence for anywhere from 10 seconds to 1 minute before we stand back up and try walking  again. Sitting a few times and practicing usually nips the tendency to talk in the halls pretty quickly. It doesn't take very long and I don't have to try and figure out who exactly was talking each time.

I hope some of these ideas were helpful to you and I would love to hear about what you do to keep the volume under control in your classrooms. Leave a comment if you have something to share. 

1 comment:

  1. I love the Quiet Mouse game. I don't think it would work with my students (University and College) but when I have younger ones agian I'll remember this. I came up with some techniques the other day:

    One of them is to have a "magic" word. When the class gets loud start writing it on the board. It sends the class a message they need to be quiet now.

    Another way is to have the students need to repeat after you or respond to something you do. So if you say, "one two three eyes on me" they respond, "one two, eyes on you" etc.