No one would characterize my classroom as a quiet one. However, there are times when I do ask for silence, particularly during independent reading time and when students are writing.
I explained my reasons at a previous post titled When & Why Is It Important To Have Silence In The Classroom? (that post also resulted in several good comments).
Today, Daniel Pink tweeted a good article from Lifehack on the subject titled Science Says Silence Is Much More Important To Our Brains Than We Think.
I think I’m finally going to get around to creating a short lesson to help students see the advantages of occasional silence.
Here’s an excerpt from the Lifehack article: