So I tried something last week. I tried providing the class 30 seconds of getting out the noises - the fake farts, the "duh-DUH" that they've been enjoying blurting out, the talking they needed to shout, and the slapping of the thighs together or claps of their hands.
I counted down the last 10 on my hands, so they'd know when it was time to settle down.
I then turned off one of the light switches and passed out the quiet work (an article of the week along with a comprehension check).
Next time, it'll be 20 seconds.
- 30 felt a bit too long
- they actually got so loud I had to shut the door
- one of the girls came to me and let me know she wasn't a fan
What do you do when the maturity level has hit an all-time low (when it feels as if it should be getting better, as they're getting older)? Thanks for any tips you've got!