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In all my years teaching, this is one of the most powerful things I learned. It also directly had an impact on my classroom and student learning.
Often, (because it is human nature), we speak louder in an noisy environment. Everyone then responds in kind and the volume just keeps getting louder and louder. It leads to a noisy environment and for a language classroom, a hard time for students to hear clearly. I don't agree with the adage that "a noisy classroom is a good classroom". Yes, students should be talking/communicating - that's a great classroom. But forget the noise.
So if you want to quiet down your students, begin speaking to the whole class or individual groups in a soft voice. Everyone will naturally follow suit. It works!
Another nice trick is to put on "soft" music, music without voice. My "go to" music for this is Edward Satie. Put it on and it really calms down everyone. Get a nice selection in our "Study Music" pop out player.
How do you "calm down" your class? Any tricks to share?