Controlling a Noisy Classroom

The Noisy Classroom Dilemma

Does a noisy classroom mean that learning is not occurring?

It may or may not. There a lot of factors that will prove one way or another? Take this quick quiz to see if your noisy classroom is still a learning classroom.

There are a range of strategies that you can put in place to turn a NOISY CLASS into a LEARNING CLASS.

Try these strategies below to help take control of your noisy classroom.​


Vary everything about the lesson - talk softer, talk faster, speed the activity up, slow it down.

Sometimes this can refocus a group in a noisy classroom.

Variety is the spice of life and the flavouring to most quality classrooms.


Use a conch (or similar.

Remember Lord of the Flies?

That's the behaviour management strategy used to control a large group discussion.

Have a discussion time where only the CONCH holder can talk.

This activity is best completed in a circle but can be achieved while students are seated. Instead of a conch, use a very soft foam ball that can be passed by throwing without taking out an eye.

You can let out a little aggression here. When it's your turn with the conch, lob a fast ball at one of your little turkeys who might not be watching.


Students in noisy classroom can sometimes benefit by a physical game.

I always carry a set of tennis balls so I don't have to rely on getting sporting equipment. There are hundreds of games you can play with a tennis ball, including just throwing and catching with a partner.

I like to attach this physical activity with a lunch break.

The kids can go straight from the game to their lunch area.

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Try an investigation.

Investigations are great for noisy classrooms because sharing and talking is the basis of the learning.

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Talking is an essential part of the activity.

Investigations, if they are purposeful, can be fabulous learning activities.


Some groups just like a bit of noise to fill the vacant space left by a silent activity.

Try playing non-invasive music if you want the students to do a silent activity.

Forget about the punk-rock and dooff-dooff stuff.

Noisy Classroom Ideas

I would love to hear from you about a strategy that you have used successfully when you encounter a noisy classroom.

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