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Quiet discussions. How to create an atmosphere of quiet, eager discussion?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by pipcart, Jun 7, 2016.

  1. pipcart

    pipcart New commenter

    Getting students to discuss work is really important, but I'm sure we are all familiar with the challenge of keeping the noise level right for more than a short period. What are your favourite strategies for achieving the right volume and atmosphere?
     
  2. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Is this a real workplace dilemma? May be better posted elsewhere.
     
  3. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    Bribery, chocolate and prayer....
     
  4. Billie73

    Billie73 Occasional commenter

    Music. If I can't hear the music they're too loud. Worked really well with year 1 & 2. It got to the stage where they were requesting it so that they could concentrate because it made them all focus. Instrumental world music is really good.
     
  5. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    Clear task, clear roles, clear expectations.
     
  6. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    Yes, that does work a great deal better ;)
     
  7. cellerdore

    cellerdore Occasional commenter

    For me it starts at the beginning of the year with clear expectations about good/effective learning partner characteristics. I tell them why this is important, citing a few studies/ educational theories and then spend the fist 6 weeks constantly highlighting good instances of supportive discussion. After that, its just a matter of choosing things that are interesting to discuss. :) Oh, I like a noisy classroom so not sure about "quiet" discussion but I have used the music as mentioned by @Billie73 and it seems to work.
     
  8. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    And you get to eat the chocolate!
     
  9. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Music does work well. A low volume and a slow piece. It's known that it lowers heart rate. Much easier to induce a calm, reflective atmosphere.
     
  10. bob79

    bob79 Occasional commenter

    Enaudi is my fave - they love it surprisingly and it really helps them get into the concentration zone.
     

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