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Stop and Listen

Found in: noise control

You can use this only a few times during the school year, but it's well worth doing. When the class is loud or out of control, or when you simply need the direct attention of your students, ask them to ‘listen and tell me what you hear.’

One by one the students stop and listen to environmental sounds, and raise their hands to report what was heard. Ask them to use whisper voices when they respond. Some of the things they generally hear are: voices in the hallway or playground, someone tapping his foot, squeaks from people moving their chairs slightly, birds outside, cars going by, and so on. Let them listen for several minutes before asking for responses. You can even list them on the board and praise them for being such astute listeners. Then, continue on with your lesson.


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