Why don't the students listen

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Heckling, throwing chairs, noisy rummaging in the school bag - it is not always easy to calm students down. But a good learning atmosphere is essential for focused teaching. These simple tips will help you turn down the volume in class.

After physical education, a long break or a long block unit, students often come to the next lesson excited and noisy. Here you can find out how you, as a teacher, can bring the class to rest.

Tip 1: Pick up the students at the door

To calm down a lively class before the lesson, meet them at the door, recommends Rob Plevin in his video Strategies To Take Control Of Noisy Students. The aim is to focus the students in four steps so that the lessons can take place in a concentrated and calm manner. This is how the method works:

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Step 1: give clear instructions

Explain to your students what you want them to do: “I want you to stand up and look at me without talking.” Communicate what you want the class to see, what you want the class to do, rather than reprimanding negative behavior .

Step 2: Let the first group in

Pick the students who followed your instructions directly. This group is allowed to enter the classroom first. Prepare small exercises beforehand that these children can work on without help. That way you can stay in front of the classroom with the second group. Praise the behavior of the first group: “It's great that you understood and implemented my instructions so well. That worked really well. I trust you that you will immediately be quiet in the classroom and that the exercise that is on your desks will begin. ”The other students stay outside with you.

Step 3: repeat instructions for the second group

After the first group has entered the classroom, repeat the instructions for the second group again. Again, some students will obey you and some will not. If you have already worked well, you can also sit down in the classroom and start with the exercises. This is how you filter out those children who are still too restless to concentrate fully on the class.

Step 4: Offer Attention and Support

With this last group, discuss what to do next: “I can see that you are having trouble being calm. I don't know why, but I'd like to find out with you guys. That's why you can come up to me later in class or after the lesson so that we can talk for a few minutes about what's bothering you. Do we want to do it that way? "Get the students' consent and show them that their wellbeing is important to you:" As your teacher, I want you to be fine and you enjoy my lessons participates. ”Finally, you and the remaining children enter the classroom and begin the lesson.

Tip 2: practice whispering

As simple as it sounds, young schoolchildren in particular often do not know what is expected of them when they are supposed to whisper. Show you how to do it. Make comparisons with trees leaning in the wind, their leaves whispering softly. Let the class whisper sometimes quieter and sometimes louder to make the difference in volume clear. The next time they do partner or group work, the students will be better able to speak quietly to one another.

Tip 3: Read aloud or listen to an audio book at the beginning of the lesson

Similar to the greeting at the door, reading aloud from an exciting book or listening to an audio book together at the beginning of the lesson has a calming and focusing effect. The students are already looking forward to listening and therefore have an incentive to sit quietly and prepared in their seats at the beginning of the lesson. You also give your class time to get to the classroom. After that, the lesson can start more relaxed and calm.

Tip 4: Use your body language to keep things calm

“You stop chatting back there!” - Such criticisms often interrupt the lesson and draw attention even more to the troublemakers. Instead, use your body language to keep things calm. Unobtrusively point your finger at those who are talking or slowly approach the respective students as you speak. Look at them directly. However, the lessons should not be interrupted. If necessary, stand in front of the respective table and wait until calm has returned. Alternatively, you can carefully place a hand on the shoulder of the student who is bothering you.

Tip 5: headphones for concentrated work

Many students are particularly restless when they are still working because they cannot concentrate well. Headphones, such as those worn on construction sites, can help to dampen the distracting noises. You will notice that it is enough for a few students to put on the headphones to bring calm to the whole class.

Tip 6: give short sound impulses

Table bells, singing bowls, rain sticks or gongs - there are many ways to bring the class to rest with sound impulses. However, do not use them too often and wait patiently for all students to respond to the signal. This will keep your class sensitive to the noise.

Tip 7: The 5-second solution

At the end of a group work or a gallery walk, it can be quite restless. The 5-second solution is a good way to draw the class’s attention to the teacher again: Announce at a clearly audible volume that everyone will now finish their work, take their seats, not talk more and look ahead. Now wait at least five seconds until calm has returned. Resist the urge to shout out the instructions again if students don't respond immediately. Be patient and do not proceed until the murmur has stopped and you have the full attention of the class.

If you have any other helpful tips on how to ensure peace and quiet in the classroom as a teacher, please write us a comment below this post.

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