- Singing: However cliché and oxymoron this may appear to be, it is helpful. Singing alongside the class lets you control the flow in the classroom. Let them complete the song and then end it. This tricks the young students to keep quiet.
- Sound signals: Using a sound that causes irritation to the students is a very tactful act. The irritable punishment is not corporal and causes self-realization among students about the value of silence.
- Call and responses: To get the kids moving, call-and-responses is very efficient. For more effectiveness, CAP requiring physical responses are helpful. Phrases like “zip it” and along with the hand movement of zipping one's lips, or lock it, using two-finger-pointer towards your own eyes and then the students work amazingly.
- Countdown: A teacher could say “By the count till zero, you get completely quiet! 10,9,8,7,…..!”. After the countdown, start the task as you planned. Through practice, the stragglers among the class will have to acknowledge it, and then see the serenity in the class to follow.
- Quiet Sprinkles: For teachers with a dramatic flair, decorating a box labeled “quiet sprinkles” filled with imaginary glitter gets a kid’s attention. When peace is required, just sprinkle this imaginary glitter on their heads and they freeze in silence.
- Be Sneaky : Talking softly to a particular group of students entices others to heed to it quietly. Hence, peace in class accomplished.
- Sign languages: Students can be really tiring. To relieve your vocals from stress, sign languages are useful. Indicating signs for standing up and sitting down and then have the students mimicking it is helpful.
- Hand signals: The countdown method discussed can be implemented in a more coherent fashion using hand signals. Using one hand and the 5-finger-countdown technique is functional and fruitful.
- Getting playful: Phrases purposefully called attention-getters can quiet down a class. These are always playful and attract the students. For example, “jazz hands” or “Autobots unite” are the most functional ones.
- Concrete reminders: Youngsters can be trained to follow concrete reminders. Similar to signs, these are very efficient and strong indicators.
- Alter teaching methodology: Variations in the method an educator implements keeps a class intrigued and attentive.
“Keep quiet!” and “No talking!” more often than not are just a musings of a madman in class. For keeping a classroom quiet, one needs to be respectful, tactful and creative. So, here are 11 ways by which you can quiet down a classroom.
As the learning process is a never-ending one, so are the changes in the education system. The education system changes and should change with the changing requirements of the current state. Earlier, learning was confined to the physical classroom and had limited role to play to the development of the students. Their interaction was only through their teachers and the education depended on the limited teachers they had connection.
But, with the age of digital revolution, the classroom education got metamorphosed into more of an instant and self-driven. Students now do not have to rely upon only one source for their learning needs and learn from the internet whenever they want. After that there was e-learning revolution, which was aimed to making learning easier for the students.
The E-Learning Scenario in India
India has one of the largest education systems in world, with more than one million schools, colleges and higher educational institutes. It has to be understood that the potential for e-learning is huge in India and some of the big companies like McGraw-Hill and NIIT have already tapped into this goldmine of K-12 and higher education online students. Some of the prominent Indian job portals, including naukri.com, have started e-learning options for professionals too in collaboration with professional training providers.
Many places in India still lack the access to good teachers and education facilities. This can be fulfilled with the help of e-learning. In the last two years, the e-learning market has already grown by a remarkable 55%. According to a report, the market was worth $2 billion last year and is expected to double by 2017.
What are the factors pushing E-Learning in India
Though, there have a lot of advancements in the e-learning sector, there are a lot of challenges that it has to face. There is still a lack of internet connectivity in many places which will become the prime hindrance in its progress. Another important challenge there is in e-learning is the development of good instructional designs. Most of the good quality courses have high cost or are not accessible to the masses. Prominent MOOCs are growing and should solve the problem in the future. Overall, the e-learning scenario looks bright for India.
Hasib is a professional writer working with one of the top job sites in India –naukri.com. As a career coach, he helps professionals in making decisions related to career and job opportunities. He is an avid reader and lives for two things – football and food. If he is not involved in any of those, you can find him contemplating existential issues. Follow him @ twitter, Google+, LinkedIn
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