This noise level monitoring system works in the opposite way of most noise management systems—for maximum effectiveness! I learned the hard way that students get too excited by the visuals and sound effects of most systems. (I once had a traffic light noise indicator, but soon wound up having to disconnect it because students just couldn’t resist the temptation of making a loud noise in order to watch it light up and make noise)! After trying several different gadgets and charts over the years, I developed this system to work in reverse of traditional systems, in that the visuals connected with “too much noise” are as boring and unrewarding as possible. The longer it’s quiet, the more interesting/rewarding the visuals get. Students can glance up at any time to see a visual indicator that rewards them for sustained quiet. There is never an alarm or sound effect to distract students from their work. Points will quietly advance in the upper left portion of the screen, just in case you are using a point-based reward system.
All you need to use this noise monitoring system is PowerPoint (PC or Mac) and a projector. There is no need to hook up a microphone or anything extra
because this system does not literally measure the noise decibels in the room as some gadgets do—the power is always in the teacher’s hands!
I have found that a teacher-controlled system is actually preferable because that way, if a loud plane flies over, there won’t be cries of “no fair” when the points go down. You can also gradually increase your standards for how much quiet is appropriate as your students are building their quiet “muscles.”
There are two easy ways to use this in your classroom: A)
Start the slideshow and tap the arrow keys on your keyboard (or your remote control, if you have one) whenever you think students are progressing or slipping; or B)
Simply let the slideshow run on its own to give students a 20-minute quiet brainstorming session. (You can still advance or go backwards at any time you wish). Note: You might have to click on “Read Only” the first time you start the show, but after that it will run automatically until you decide to tap the left or right arrow on your keyboard.
I look forward to hearing your feedback about how you enjoy using this in your classroom. Let the quiet work begin! ☺
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