Take Control of the Noisy Class: From Chaos to Calm in 15 Seconds by Rob Pelvin

9. Getting them into the room – the filter method

  • Rob has students line up in the hallway and brings the ones cooperating to the front of the line and let’s them in to get starting via instructions on the board. He repeats this process until everyone is in. This may involve a conversation with the student(s) who have the hardest time settling down. He suggests statements like “I can’t let you into the room until I know you are ready to listen and follow instructions.” He would go so far as to leave one or more students in the hallway and check on them in a few minutes. Unless these students clearly state that they are ready to enter and do what needs to be done he leaves them in the hall.

10. Getting the lesson started

  • The first five minutes of any lesson usually dictate how the lesson will continue and conclude, so it’s important to get your lesson started in the right manner. Rob normally has some relaxing music quietly playing in the background as students arrive to create a calm and inviting atmosphere. One or more activities are available and he expects students to get to work while he takes attendance. The activities need to be something sufficiently challenging and engaging to hold students’ attention, though not confusing enough to require them to ask questions. A variety of activities should be able to engage students of different abilities. The book includes a number of examples.
  • Another approach to starting the class is to do something fun. You need to know your class as it may be difficult to get some classes back on track after the fun. Another approach is to give the class and engaging question. This has to be something students can relate to.

11. Maintaining a Positive Learning Environment

  • What you want is students coming to your lessons looking forward to learning and being with you because they enjoyed your lesson. Engaging lessons are the key to taking control. Robs tips include: Make sure the tasks are achievable and appropriate, use music and sound effects, use props, include a challenge, give them some choice, make the work relevant, and add a touch of magic.
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One Response to “Take Control of the Noisy Class: From Chaos to Calm in 15 Seconds by Rob Pelvin”

  1. Sandra says:

    A rolling stone is worth two in the bush, thanks to this arielct.

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