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The Practical Guide to Primary Classroom Management

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The Practical Guide to Primary Classroom Management

Rob Barnes

Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: May 31, 2012 | DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781446213193 | Print ISBN: 9781412919401 | Online ISBN: 9781446213193 | Publisher:SAGE Publications Ltd

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Chapter 5: Noise Levels, Voice Tone and More Teacher-Talk

Noise levels, voice tone and more teacher-talk Continually ‘Shhh-ing’ a class is a waste of breath. The noise level comes down for a few seconds, but rises because there is nothing to fill the vacuum. Replace ‘Shhh’ with what you really want. It is not just that you want less noise. You do, but this needs expressing as a requirement for concentration, attention to detail, brain-power and independent thought. State what you want, rather than what you do not. ‘Use your whisper voices please.’ ‘Do your talking inside your head, please.’ ‘Eyes, ears and mouth as they are supposed to be, please!’ ‘Need you concentrating so I can think too.’ ‘Need you thinking about the detail.’ ‘Think about how well this needs to be done.’ Noise is a precursor to disruption, but a silent classroom is not necessarily the best atmosphere for learning. In earlier chapters it was suggested that ...

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