Yes, it is possible to have a study hall which is absolutely quiet, even in your absence.

I remember study halls well. That’s where I discovered girls. I also discovered practical jokes. Some teachers were so completely unable to control us that we had to be careful not to make so much noise that the principal would come in. Other teachers did a better job, but they had to hover over us us like hawks. Nevertheless, all sorts of sneaky pranks would go on behind their backs or under the desks.

Study halls are typically buffers in the schedule. What do you do with the kids who aren’t taking band or French or whatever? You put them in a study hall, of course. Worse, study halls often collect those kids who are not academically inclined and/or have been removed from a class because their behavior was intolerable. Given all that, is it any wonder that teachers dread study halls.

Elsewhere in, it has been pointed out that a great many kids, perhaps the majority, don’t have a suitable environment in which to study. Three quarters of mothers of kids under 18 work. Many of these won’t be home in the afternoon or early evening to enforce rules conducive to study. Many will study in the kitchen surrounded by the hubbub of family life. Others will study in front of the television or tethered to their iPod. Some will even do their homework while talking endlessly on their cellphones. Given that atmosphere, we could almost argue that a study hall could be one of their most important classes.

A study hall should be absolutely quiet. There should be no distraction whatever, save the occasional student going to use the pencil sharpener. Students should be doing their homework. For the teacher, it should be a time when he can grade papers, work on lesson plans, even leave the room. Yes, it is possible to have a study hall which is absolutely quiet, even in your absence. I’ll tell you how.

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    • susan on September 22, 2021 at 1:57 pm
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    I love all your workable ideas and am using them in my study hall/independent college learning classes which I run all day…..thank you.
    I just returned from two weeks of quarantine and feel like I am starting over with my my youngest and most challenging class, but that is OK….so far none of my students have wanted to do the Written Assignment I have for them, so that is to the good…but I will have to tighten up a bit after being gone so long.
    Again thank you for concrete, adaptable solutions that inspire the students to do better and be better.
    A Teacher

    1. adhd student is in study hall with his girlfriend, constant interaction, many conversations, I feel like this is a losing power struggle on my part…..suggestions to end this? The entire class is 9th grade students except this student who is a junior.
      Move his seat away from his girlfriend and other students… resolve feel weak.
      How do you deal with a problem, when you aren’t sure what the problem is… if I move him he will create another problem? Or am I weak kneed because he never takes NO for an answer. Always, why can’t we do …….?

  1. One student is a problem, always, how to tighten up?

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