The calendar pages turn to the active month of October…temperatures drop and noise levels tend to rise. Students, familiar enought with class procedures to test them and excited enough about sports, Halloween, and each other to forget them, turn to chatty Cathy’s and Cliff’s.
Here is a fun site to monitor the energy level (notice the emphasis on “energy” rather than “noise”)
Click over to the Bouncy Balls site from ICT Magic. Once you click on the microphone icon in the yellow box, the website monitors the “energy” of your class, your book club, and/or your kitchen. When all is quiet on the learning front, the multi-colored spheres line up in attention. Fun!
Idea first seen on this blog post