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Noise Thermometer


Found In: discipline, noise control

When I tried a “noise thermometer” to help students monitor their own noise level, it worked so well it became a permanent fixture in my room. The noise thermometer looks like a three-foot thermometer with red Velcro that acts as the mercury. I number increments from zero (no noise) to 10 (extreme noise/out of control). The thermometer starts at zero each morning. When my class gets louder I raise the thermometer to a level that matches their noise level. I never have to say a word. When they see me near it, the students become immediately quieter. If it hits five, the class loses two minutes off recess and as it is raised even higher, they lose more time. This has proven to be an effective way for students to monitor themselves and work cooperatively to keep noise down.

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