How Loud is Too Loud?

quiet class

I recently read a colleagues Tweet:

A principal from our system quickly replied:

Andy makes a great point here in that noise should by no means be THE indication of student learning.  In a (hopefully) bygone age, Principals could walk the silent halls and peer into classrooms to see rows of compliant and silent students, either hanging on every word of their teacher, or with eyes glued to books.  Teachers whose students behaved in this manner were known as good teachers.

When Andy walks the halls now, he is more likely to see students collaborating in groups and learning from each other, while the teacher circulates and teaches mini-lessons as required to a much more captive audience then in days gone by.  Students are much more apt to retain information when it fills a cognitive gap.  For more info and research on Cognitive Gaps, see Made to Stick, by Chip and Dan Heath.

Here are my concise thoughts on noise:


What are your thoughts on noise levels in class?

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About mitchchampagne

I am a husband of one, and a father of three. I am am elementary teacher for the Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland & Clarington Catholic District School Board and a part-time Faculty member at the School of Education and Professional Learning, Trent University.
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One Response to How Loud is Too Loud?

  1. Linda Lummiss says:

    I work in a elementary school library. There are times when students need to be listening, I really enjoy the students sharing their books and talking. Libraries need to change, sometimes it is a difficult decision.. Everyone needs to be on board with noise and chatter and sharing and laughing in the library. Respect is important; when someone is talking we all need to listen! High school libraries are quiet, and so are university libraries. So, it seems to be such a mix. Children need to celebrate their excitement for learning and sharing and looking at what their fellow classmates have to show and share with them. I’m looking forward to change the stereotypes and have new and different activities in the library other than just reading quietly. Smart-board, music, games, spelling-bees, iPad game sharing. Bring it all on, open the doors to continual learning and reading.

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