Silence please

We have put together a list of techniques for getting silence in class, which you might be able to add to your repertoire. The list is not definitive and there are no rules of thumb. We simply offer the ideas in the hope that one or two of them will be suitable for the very individual needs and characteristics of you and your pupils.

Author: Teacher training services

At times it is essential to get silence in class. For a number of reasons, however, silence is not always easy to achieve! We all know what it’s like to be standing at the front of the class, glaring at the students and waiting patiently for them to be quiet. Sometimes we have to wait for a very long time, and sometimes our patience wears thin.

Giving them a reason to be quiet

RTEmagicC_02A15R82_01.jpgWhen we say Be quiet, please, pupils often fail to respond. This might be, in part, because they don’t know why they are being asked to be quiet. It can help if we make our reasons for wanting silence clear to the students. If it’s in order to give instructions that you are appealing for silence, say loud and clearly the word Instructions! Or if it is to ask a question that you need silence, say loud and clearly, I have a question! A question! With the need for silence immediately evident, the students are more likely to respond appropriately.

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