Noise is something that prompts much thought and discussion in education circles. On one hand, some teachers worry about the noise level in their classrooms. There’s a misconception that a noisy classroom is a disruptive classroom.
This is not the case, necessarily. Sometimes, the best learning takes place in noisy environments. A noisy classroom can be the sign of engaged and inspired students. On the other hand, there is a feeling that if you walk past the classroom and you cannot hear the class, this is a sign that the students must be working really well.
So, which view is correct? In truth, it’s difficult to say. However, although most teachers would probably say that they would prefer to have a quiet classroom rather than a noisy one: what do you do if you want to engage pupils – but they are just not responding?