I don't know about your classroom or your kiddos...but mine do almost anything for technology related things. So what better way to have control over classroom management than through a self regulating tool? I found this new app for an iPod or and iPad. It is called TooLoud...and it's FREE!!!! Click on the App to take you to the iTunes store to read more about it.
I have been battling with Apps for a LOOOOOOONNNNGGGG time! I would download apps and discover that they didn't work on my device and be really disappointed. Did you know that in iTunes when you are viewing an app it tells you if it is compatible with your device or not. This solves ALL of my problems. No more buying an app, only to discover that it doesn't work. Take a peak at where this is in iTunes:
My idea is to project this throughout the day to let students check in where they are at. There are so many ways we can use this:
-Whole group sharing with shoulder partners (Will let class know if they are whispering appropriately)
-Set near a particular group/center to monitor their noise level when you can't monitor (like during guided groups)
-Could set it by one student (with behavior plan for disrupting) to monitor his outbursts and disruption.
I thought of setting class goals for where the number should be at the end of the day. Could have a class-wide reward initiative if they make it within a range of numbers. Or levels or reward depending on the level of the final number.
Tally Mark System
2 Tally Marks= score in the 50's
3 Tally Marks=score in the 40's
4 Tally Marks= score in the 30's
5 Tally Marks= score in the 20's
Then a class party when they reach 20 Tally Marks.
***The lower the number the better because it meant lower noise level.