Conquering noisy classrooms

Tips, techniques and practical resources to manage classroom noise levels

Tes Resources Team

Traffic Lights Representing A Common Noise Control System

Practical resources and top techniques for reducing noise during lessons 

Getting your class to settle down, and addressing constant low-level disruption, is part and parcel of delivering a successful lesson. To support your existing classroom management strategies, check out this selection of posters, presentations and video tips that can be used with learners of all ages.

 

Traffic Lights
drhellyer

Traffic Lights

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A PowerPoint version of the classroom traffic light that you can copy across to your own PowerPoint presentations. Originally intended for behaviour management but can be adapted for use anywhere.
Noise level poster
TwinkleTwinkleLittleStar

Noise level poster

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A poster to desplay in classroom to help control noise level, use the arrow to show children the level you expect and to ask pupils to select appropriate level for the class and certain times.
Class sound meter
mrcarter78

Class sound meter

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This is a sound meter to build children's awareness of appropriate noise levels, and to manage these noise levels. You can use the arrow to either indicate to the children which sound level you want them to work at, or to show them what sound level they are currently at. I have attached both a Po...
Classroom Noise Level Meter
emily_fitch

Classroom Noise Level Meter

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For any age range - I have made this for my secondary Art classroom. Just print off, cut out and stick to the board / wall wherever you have space! I use a clothes peg to show where the noise level should be, and point to where it is if it's too noisy in the class.
60 Second Timer
emilyc25

60 Second Timer

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A powerpoint show to count down from 60 to 0. Useful for the start of the lesson, gets the students settled without you having to do too much shouting! Makes noises on every slide, and an explosion noise when the timer ends.
Low-level disruption
Tes Resources Team

Low-level disruption

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Tom Bennett, TES behaviour adviser, demonstrates how a clear, consistent behaviour policy can stop chatting, humming and other low-level disruptions derailing your lesson. This video is part of a series on behaviour management strategies. Find more here: http://www.tes.co.uk/classroom-management
Teachers TV: Class Management: Make Yourself Heard
Teachers TV

Teachers TV: Class Management: Make Yourself Heard

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In Manage that Class with Sue Cowley , the behaviour guru coaches a Year 4 teacher on managing class noise levels by using clear instructions, time targets, and varying the teacher's voice level. Sue Cowley observes a 3D shapes lesson via hidden cameras taught by E'Van Tsang at Greenholm Prima...