If you look closely you can see the NOISE letters and the sound check chart. I tried getting a zoomed in version but it was REALLY blurry... and since I am not at work, this is the best I got for now. The concept is very simple. On the sound check chart I have- no voice, whisper voice (this is for when they are working in partners in my room), group voice (for when they are working in groups), and teacher voice (for when they are presenting). I have a glittery clothespin that I clip to the level I want them at. That is step 1. The NOISE letters are where the kids are held accountable. If it gets too loud, I simply remove a letter starting with the E. Usually someone will notice me walking to the board and removing the letter and they say "shhh lower your voices she is taking a letter!". One letter is USUALLY all it takes. Of course, last week it took two letters, but we have yet to get to three. And let me tell you why... as soon as I remove the E, S, and I all that is left is the word NO... that means the class is immediately on silent..no more group work, no more partners, no more noise. And NO ONE wants to have to work alone when they are doing something fun with their groups. (We do a LOT of group work in my room.) After sharing that I made this over the summer, a few people asked me if I would list it in my TpT store...so I did. If you want to grab it, you can find it here.
What is one thing you are doing that is working in your classroom? Feel free to add your ideas to the comments section or even a blog post link if you have one. I haven't made this a linky again but I will if enough people show interest. Otherwise I will just keep it to comments.
For Fun- I will randomly select one person who comments to win my sound check and noise control chart. You have until Saturday!