frustrating when students resort to making noise, being oblivious to the classroom activity.
In most situations, we desperately employ a number of strategies to bring down the classroom noise level. It is not uncommon to see a teacher banging repeatedly on the desk/board/table to draw the students’ attention in the classroom. Equally, it may sometimes mean shouting harshly to the whole class for silence or pleading before the students to remain quiet. Furthermore, we may strongly feel to re-state the consequences loudly and clearly to the students.
Further down the line, in grave situations mostly, we may think of sending a single noisy student out of the class for him/her to remain in isolation. We still may like to punish one or two students in front of everyone present in a class by criticizing excessively or opting for physical punishment in an attempt to generate the fear factor to suppress noise. We may equally think of even taking the help of modern technology such as CCTV or spy cam straight into a classroom to record the students’ behaviors expecting to track the noisy students and get rid of the noise easily since these wonderful devices are smart enough to create enormous fear among learners and make them act or behave altogether in total silence without much effort!
Teaching mainly involves two-fold activity of knowing the content well and skills to deliver the same successfully to the learners. Most of our teaching is teacher-centered, which means it is greatly controlled, didactic and prescriptive in nature. Therefore, teaching and learning to be meaningful must be made learner-centered where teachers actually take the role of facilitators that highly involves the learners in actual learning process through various real activities in a classroom.
It is, therefore, inevitable for educators like us to employ multiple teaching strategies to make the learning meaningful among diverse kinds of learners in a classroom.
It has been seen that we mostly focus on mistakes or weaknesses of our learners for planning our teaching strategies. We generally highlight and amplify a weakness that has been made by a student either by criticizing repeatedly or by highlighting with red ink.
We have to realize that individuals and organizations where humans are involved get superior results from appreciating strengths, assets, and high point experiences instead of focusing on weaknesses and problems.
It is almost sure for a class to become noisy if we attend it without careful planning. Improper planning is evident when we change lessons without any logical connections or move too fast or too slow.
It is very important that we believe all learners are capable of learning and everyone has the potential to achieve excellence. Some learn fast while few others are slow. Still, all can learn things. In cases where few don’t learn or fail to show interest over time, it may be because the strategy, approach and procedures used are not appropriate for the particular learner or group of learners or due to poor relationship between educators and the learners.