I was a chatty kid in school, so I know all of the excuses. My go-to was always that I just didn’t know the expectation.
Not much has changed in 20 years – this is still the response I get from my students when I redirect them for talking too loudly or too often. Really, Jason? You didn’t know you couldn’t yell across the room during a quiz? Really?
To help establish clarity and fairness in my classroom, I put together this visual, which links volume levels with familiar community locations in which appropriate behavior is often more innate. I’ve found it really helps students to feel comfortable with the volume expectations in various settings. I also laminated mine on cardstock, that way I can take it with me wherever we go (just in case Jason forgets that singing the Macarena during an assembly only works if the special guest is Los Del Río).
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