This post originally appeared on the blog Bright Concepts 4 Teachers.

Teaching kids can be challenging. There are only so many hours in the day and the list of things that need to get taught and completed each day can be daunting. As directors of chaos (aka: classroom teachers), we need our students to be focused and on task as much as possible. Transitions need to be quick and smooth. We’ve a lot to get done, people!
 
This school year, I have an incredible group of students. But there is one BIG problem. They are WAY too social!!! They talk ALL. THE. TIME! I was about to lose my mind! Then, the heavens above looked down on me. A few weeks ago, as I was scrolling through my IG feed, all my prayers were answered! 
 
After talking to some blogging and teaching friends about strategies they use in their classrooms, many answered that they use a voice level chart.  I didn’t think much about it at the time because I had never used a voice level chart in my classroom. Well, after about two weeks of school, I knew I NEEDED this book and a voice chart! HA!
 
I immediately logged onto my Amazon account and bought this book and a few other items in my cart.
 
As directors of chaos (aka: classroom teachers) we need our students to be focused and on task as much as possible. Here are some innovative concepts to keep kids on track and keep classroom chatter to a minimum.
 
Next, I gathered all the materials I was going to need to put together my voice chart. I wanted to change a few things on the voice chart to make it work best in my classroom. I took off “outside voice” because my students rarely have the opportunity to use that voice in my room! I ended up tweaking and creating my own chart. 
 
I also wanted a different, easy, eye catching way for my students to know which voice level to use and when. These tap lights were the answer. I purchased two packs of the lights and adhesive magnetic strips so they could stick to my white board. 
 
As directors of chaos (aka: classroom teachers) we need our students to be focused and on task as much as possible. Here are some innovative concepts to keep kids on track and keep classroom chatter to a minimum.
 
 
(2) 4 PACKS of TAP LIGHTS
As directors of chaos (aka: classroom teachers) we need our students to be focused and on task as much as possible. Here are some innovative concepts to keep kids on track and keep classroom chatter to a minimum.
1 BOX of MAGNETIC ADHESIVE STRIPS
 
As directors of chaos (aka: classroom teachers) we need our students to be focused and on task as much as possible. Here are some innovative concepts to keep kids on track and keep classroom chatter to a minimum.
  

HONESTLY??? This has been a blessing. The kids are more aware of expectations. They remind each other what level voice to use by pointing at the chart. They LOVE being the student to turn the lights on or off. It’s a little miracle!

Are you ready to make your own voice level chart too? You can get started by grabbing this {FREE} template HERE.

I hope you love using this in your classroom. Please leave a comment with your success stories or any questions you make have. I love hearing from my readers.

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As directors of chaos (aka: classroom teachers) we need our students to be focused and on task as much as possible. Here are some innovative concepts to keep kids on track and keep classroom chatter to a minimum.
 

  

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Bright Concepts 4 Teachers: Teacher-Author on TpTJaime Pink, (Bright Concepts 4 Teachers) is an elementary teacher in California. During her 20 years as an educator, she has taught 1st, 2nd, and 4th grade. She enjoys sharing educational ideas and creating hands-on learning resources to help educators nurture the learning of our future leaders. To take a look at her classroom and educational approach, visit her blog, Bright Concepts 4 Teachers. You can also find her resources at her TpT store, Bright Concepts 4 Teachers. Connect with her on FacebookInstagram and Pinterest.