Now this may seem practically impossible at times. Especially here in Spain where the speaking volume is considerably higher than most other countries and raising your voice sometimes seems like the only way your students will hear or listen to you.
But don’t do it! It’s a bad habit for you and the kids and can cause a big headache.
What to do instead?
Try using call and response (e.g. “If you hear my voice clap once. If you hear my voice clap twice”, “Mac and Cheese “Everybody freeze”, clapping patterns) Getting their attention when they are busy can be hard, but call and responses are a teacher’s best friend.
Consistently reinforce the one speaker at a time rule Once your kids understand you are serious about not listening to any of them unless they raise their hands and only one student is speaking, they will do it. It may take them a while and it may be painful for you, but consistency is key and you’ll be grateful for it later!
Don’t Talk Over Your Students One that I see happen all of the time in my schools in Spain. Even if there are a few kids whispering while you or another student is trying to say something, wait until it is completely silent. Once you start talking over some of them, all of them will start whispering to each other and you will have to start raising your voice. Sure, in the beginning you may have to wait a while, but it’s worth it, trust me! If you start to lose patience and feel like our friend down below, turn the lights off or have them put their heads turn and show them you mean business!