Have you fallen into the trap of saying “No talking!” or “I need quiet!” all day long? It’s exhausting to keep repeating your requests for silence, and after the hundredth time, kids just tune you out, anyway. There have been some great discussions about how to get students to quiet down and we want to share what’s worked for teachers in their classroom. Teachers’ names are written in parentheses where applicable.
1. Sing a song.
For the youngest students, use finger plays like the Itsy Bitsy Spider and Open, Shut Them. Students of any age will respond to simple tunes and call-backs, such as “Dadadadadada…Da da!” and “Bum, bada bum bum…Bum, bum!” Since Scott R. loves sports, he starts singing the ESPN tune and has the kids finish it. Bianca G. sings the Wada Wada Bing Bang song with her class, and says, “If they are singing they can’t be talking. The goal is not to sing it more than once.”
2. Play a song.
If you’re not comfortable singing with your class, try playing music on you