Classroom Noise Management Strategies

on September 15 at 05:31 AM
When students chat in class, teachers believe it is their fault. They also believe that they have no natural authority, or that they are not good teachers, or that their lessons are less attractive and less motivating. That is why they are ashamed to talk about it. But, in recent years, they have started to talk about this topic during class councils and informal meetings. They realize that they are not the only ones responsible for this problem. In addition, teachers are experimenting with several methods to create calm in the classroom. Sometimes they are strict and do not tolerate this chatter, as it really disrupts the teaching-learning process, depletes their energy and thus negatively affects their productivity. Even attentive students may be frustrated,
When the teacher's attempt to control the chatter fails, he becomes more angry and may even give in to the students' desire to take control of the class. So teachers have to adopt a very strict system. From the start of the year, they define class rules, and apply a gradation in the sanctions (warning, change of place, doing homework).
Teachers' expectations
Have you defined the class rules with your pupils?
Did you spend time putting them into practice at the start of the year?
Do your students understand when to be quiet and when to speak?
One reason behind student chatter is that they don't know or understand their teachers' expectations. To do this, explain to your students that they can talk to each other in activities that require teamwork, but they must be attentive and focused when giving instructions or explaining things. Never start class until you are quiet.
Define your limits with your students. Be firm! Make it clear that you do not tolerate any kind of disturbance in your classroom because you are all here for one purpose: TO LEARN.
You can set up a system of disciplinary sanctions ranging from a simple warning, to a change of place, to exclusion from the class.
Explore the problem
Students chat in class for different reasons. Sometimes it is we, the teachers, who contribute to this problem when our instructions are not clear, or our content is not interesting. However, in other cases it is the students who are responsible. The student's personality, motivation and social environment can lead to this type of behavior. However, it is necessary to fully understand these reasons to solve this problem.

To do this, consider:
The number of more talkative students in your class. How many are they ? If you notice more students chatting, start to hear their thoughts on your content, and your learning methods.
Find out when your students are chatting. Is it during a group activity or while you are giving instructions?
Attitudes of talkative students. Do they behave the same with other teachers? Or just with you? Seek opinions from other colleagues about the behavior of talkative students.
Finding answers to the questions above will help you control the discussions in your classroom. And don't forget to ask for help from the administration, parents, school psychologist or counselor.
Take action to control chatter
First, if you find that your students find your content less interesting, consider making it more engaging by covering topics that interest your class.
But, if you notice that these students are calm and attentive with other teachers, you need to rethink not only your content, but also your relationship with them. You need to be respectful, strict, dynamic and present for his students. Still, we have to accept that there are students who gossip because they like to talk even though our content is interesting, the instructions are clear, and we are firm. So how do you go about putting an end to this "chatter"?
On the next page are some strategies you can use to control chatter while you explain a lesson.

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