So I have three classes of amazing, brilliant and enthusiastic students. I have been doing many activities and group work, so it gets a bit loud for my one class that is especially enthusiastic. My solution thus far is that I say 3-2-1, and then they say, MATH IS FUN! Then, silence. and wow – this does work wonders! However, I am having to say it a couple times each period to get their attention so that I may talk to the entire class about the activity. This is wasting time. In addition, it takes time to hand out (and collect) all of these activities and grouping materials. Basically, transition time is killing me! I feel like I am not utilizing my class time to the fullest. Yes, I am going to go back and look over Lemov and Fred Jones when I get a spare moment (unlikely), I will have to MAKE a spare moment.
But in the meantime, if you are an activity, group loving teacher I would love some tips on keeping it quick, simple, and quiet when we are so very active!
** Note – I float from room to room so I cannot leave materials out for the next class – I must collect and distribute each period.