Noisy Classrooms

17 Aug

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I was visiting a school the other day and the teacher told of the wonderful learning environment he had. It saddened because I saw the opposite. It was a silent classroom with students in straight rows. I started to ponder the question of how do we cultivate the best classroom conditions for talk in schools?

Make the classroom environment relaxed and home like.

Have small enclosed areas sectioned off in the classroom for different types of playful engagement.

Drapes and soft furnishings to absorb background sounds.

Remove background sounds during play e.g cd players and bells

Have long periods for play

Give opportunities for collaborative learning in small groups.

Value pupils sharing of stories or news

Make use of real experiences like trips and outings

What do you think?? Have you some suggestions? Am I wrong for thinking this?

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2 Responses to “Noisy Classrooms”

  1. missmtheteacher August 17, 2015 at 5:57 am #

    My 9th graders were so quiet this week it honestly scared me. Discussion with the teacher and their classmates is what helps cultivate the mind into deeper thinking. I agree. I think there are times when the students need to be quiet, but there are also times they need to be talkative!

    • andrewmurray2013 August 17, 2015 at 8:36 am #

      Yes great point. As teachers we must acknowledge learning noise and chatter.

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